In conjunction with its ongoing interdisciplinary project Endless Shout, the Institute of Contemporary Art presents in-process showings of Cynthia Oliver’s dance-theatre work Virago-Man Dem, organized by Endless Shout collaborator Danielle Goldman. Oliver’s evening-length work studies masculinity within Carribean and African American cultures through movement, spoken word, and visual design.
Showings will take place at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. on January 11, and at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. on January 12.
Endless Shout is a multi-artist project examining the role of performance in museum spaces. Over the course of six months, six artists—designer Raúl de Nieves, dancer Danielle Goldman, choreographer taisha paggett, composer George Lewis, poet Fred Moten, and artist collective The Otolith Group—collaborate on an experimental series of dance, music, poetry, multi-media installations, and interactive programs. The project addresses questions about how, why, and where performance can occur, and whose voices are represented within cultural spaces.
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