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Cynthia Oliver Co. Dance Theatre

January 21 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 4:00pm, repeating indefinitely

$15 - $30

Saturday, January 20 at 8pm
Sunday, January 21 at 4pm

Cynthia Oliver's Virago-Man Dem Residency at MANCC 2017. Photo by Chris Cameron.

Cynthia Oliver’s Virago-Man Dem Residency at MANCC 2017. Photo by Chris Cameron.

Virago-Man Dem is an evening-length, dance theater work by Cynthia Oliver navigating black masculinities. Oliver seeks to dismantle the term virago, which references characteristically male behaviors and female cultural transgressions. A nuanced study in Caribbean and African American masculinity, this stirring work is performed by men but funneled through the interpretation of Oliver’s female voice.

The work is based in the lives of the men performing the work and extrapolates from those experiences to broader cultural trajectories. Oliver’s design team includes longtime collaborator composer Jason Finkelman, visual artist John Jennings, projection / animator John Boesche, Costume Designer Susan Becker, and Lighting Designer Amanda Ringger. The work will premiere in New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)’s Next Wave Festival in the Fall of 2017 before touring around the country.

Be advised this show contains adult language.

Cynthia Oliver “Virago-Man Dem” Research in 2016 from MANCC on Vimeo.
Header photo by Chris Cameron.

This presentation of Cynthia Oliver Co. Dance Theatre is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Performance Network Creation Fund and Performance Residency Programs and the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.


$30 Admission
$25 Admission (Dance Place Members, Seniors and Artists)
$15 College Students and Children (17 & Under)

Advanced Sales – ends one week prior to performance weekend

$25 Advanced Sales Admission
$20 Advanced Sales Admission (Dance Place Members, Seniors and Artists)


January 21
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
$15 - $30
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3225 8th Street NE
Washington, DC 20017 United States
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