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Making Men


“Making Men is a magnificent, lively, profoundly modern piece that raises an especially important issue. Questioning masculinity is an essential subject and Dunia Dance Company has captured the essence. The choreography provides wonderful rhythm to the various stages of becoming a man.”
Flora Eveno - RTBF Culture

This project is a winner of the Africalia ECMS Call for Proposals 2018.


Film

The work in progress “Making Men” is a project that involves creating a 4 scene dance film. Each one will show a different stage in the process of becoming a man.

Performance

Making Men will also be a piece of choreography created during the preparation of the film. The dance work will also be in 4 sections equivalent to those in the film.

Debate

Each performance will include a short exposé on some aspect of masculinity to precede the film and the dance piece, with a view to fostering a debate on what we consider to be an important issue in today’s society.


The work focusses on a group of individuals in the process of becoming men. Are they free to choose to do so in any way they deem appropriate, or are they forced into a mould? They proceed unquestioningly, as is expected, into manhood through various stages of their lives, adopting the clearly coded characteristics allowed by society.  

However, a feeling of unease, in the very depths of their being, oppresses them. It’s as if they have donned ill-fitting garments made for someone else. They feel uncertainty and something else, harder to define…

They attempt to understand, question and express their doubts. They try to break free of invisible chains, to find their true selves. The choreography seeks to highlight the limits of the male stereotype for those who seek to experience the full range of human emotions.