Virago-Man Dem: World Premiere

Cynthia Oliver (Director), Valerie Oliveiro (Stage manager), Duane Cyrus (Performer), Jonathan Gonzalez (Performer), Niall Noel Jones (Performer), Ni'Ja Whitson (Performer)

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance


The Latin prefix “vir” means “man”; the suffix “-ago” indicates female. Thus, the term “virago” has, since ancient times, suggested that elusive flicker between genders we know so well and deny so violently. Into this liminal space enters choreographer Cynthia Oliver and performers Duane Cyrus, Jonathan Gonzalez, Ni’Ja Whitson, and Niall Noel Jones, who excavate layers of racial and gender performance through the shared lens of their Afro-Caribbean and African-American ancestries. With radical tenderness and dizzying force, Virago-Man Dem celebrates black masculinities in their infinite variety and nuance, constructing a sweeping tableau of embracing, sashaying, speaking, screaming, soaring individuals.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Place of PublicationBrooklyn, NY
PublisherBrooklyn Academy of Music
StatePublished - Oct 2017
Event2017 Next Wave Festival - Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, United States
Duration: Sep 14 2017Dec 16 2017

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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

    Dance and Cultural Conventions, Ripe for Upending

    Cynthia Oliver


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Research Output

    • 1 Choreography

    Virago-Man Dem

    Oliver, C., Finkelman, J., Jennings, J., Robinson, S., Boesche, J., Becker, S. & Ringger, A. K., 2015

    Research output: Non-textual formChoreography

  • Cite this

    Oliver, C. (Director), Oliveiro, V. (Stage manager), Cyrus, D. (Performer), Gonzalez, J. (Performer), Jones, N. N. (Performer), & Whitson, NJ. (Performer). (2017). Virago-Man Dem: World Premiere. Performance, Brooklyn Academy of Music.