Virago-Man Dem

Cynthia Oliver (Choreographer), Jason Finkelman (Composer), John Jennings (Artist), Stacey Robinson (Artist), John Boesche (Animator), Susan Becker (Costume designer), Amanda K Ringger (Lighting designer)

Research output: Non-textual formChoreography


“Virago-Man Dem,” is an evening-length, dance-theatre work by Cynthia Oliver navigating black masculinities. Troubling the term “Virago”’s reference to characteristically male behaviors and female cultural transgressions, Virago-Man Dem is a nuanced study in masculinities, and their multiplicities within cultures of Caribbeanist and African American communities. Utilizing movement, spoken word and visual design, Virago-Man Dem explores the expressions particular to Caribbean and African American black masculinities as they are performed and expressed by men, staged on male identified bodies, but designed and interpreted by a woman — Oliver.
Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2015

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  • Activities

    • 1 Oral presentation

    Examining Black Masculinity

    Cynthia Oliver (Speaker), Jaamil Olawale Kosoko (Speaker)
    Oct 27 2017

    Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

    Press / Media

    Cynthia Oliver in conversation with Leslie Cuyjet

    Cynthia Oliver & Leslie Cuyjet


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Research Output

    • 3 Performance

    Virago-Man Dem: World Premiere

    Oliver, C., Oliveiro, V., Cyrus, D., Gonzalez, J., Jones, N. N. & Whitson, NJ., Oct 2017

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  • Virago-Man Dem: Dance Center of Columbia College

    Oliver, C., Cyrus, D., Gonzalez, J., Whitson, NJ. & Jones, N. N., Nov 1 2017

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  • Virago-Man Dem: Residency at MANCC

    Oliver, C., Cyrus, D., Gonzalez, J., Jack, K. C., Jones, N. N., Thorne, G., Finkelman, J., Becker, S., Ringger, A., Oliveiro, V. & Boesche, J. A., Mar 1 2017

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

    Cite this

    Oliver, C. (Choreographer), Finkelman, J. (Composer), Jennings, J. (Artist), Robinson, S. (Artist), Boesche, J. (Animator), Becker, S. (Costume designer), & Ringger, A. K. (Lighting designer). (2015). Virago-Man Dem. Choreography