Man Made 2017
Frog Hollow Park, Darwin City
What makes a man? Ambition, pride, honour, competitiveness and a keen sense of adventure. Are these the attributes that shape a man? From schoolyards, backyards, streets, bars and barbeques - what messages come through to us and what challenges lie ahead?
What does a man make? A model plane, a loaf of bread, a house, a dance, a table, a quilted blanket, a bookshelf, a garden.
Man Made explores the male as an individual: his habits, idiosyncrasies, passions, talents and drives. It also seeks to understand males as a group: exploring energy, physicality, memory, knowledge, leadership, belonging, work and play.
Performed by a cast of male dancers from 16 to 70 years old, Man Made explores four states of manhood, the transition from boy to man, the forces that push and pull the sons of the world, the muscle strength factor, ageing in the skin of men.
Original scores by David McMicken, Darwin and Sydney based DJ masters, James Mangohig and Jack Prest, give the beat to choreographies by the Tracks artistic team. They are joined by D-City Rockers lead Aaron Lim and one of Australia’s most sought after dancers Josh Mu, returning to the Tracks fold, having built an extraordinary dance career as a performer with Chunky Move, Shaun Parker Company, Marrugeku and Dancenorth, to name a few.
Man Made is a full length work to be performed outdoors under the canopy of the Frog Hollow Park trees.
Would you like to be a community dancer in Man Made? You will learn new skills, make new friendships, get to dance alongside professional dancers and become a better performer in a Darwin Festival show.
After an audition, there will be two rehearsals per week, one on a weeknight and the other on a Saturday. Most rehearsals will be held at the Tracks Dance Studio, at the Frog Hollow Centre for the Arts, McMinn Street, Darwin City. The 9 weeks of rehearsal would lead up to eight nights of performance during Darwin Festival August 11 - 20.
We are looking for a cast of up to 25 community members, made up of young (16 and above) male break dancers and contemporary dancers, and older males over 40.
If you are interested please fill out the Expression of Interest form. Click here
Concept and Direction: David McMicken and Tim Newth
Choreography: David McMicken, Aaron Lim, Kelly Beneforti, Josh Mu and dancers
Original Music: Jack Prest, James Mangohig and David McMicken
BECOMING: Becoming deals with the transition from boy to man. What lessons have been learned, and how prepared are our young men for the life ahead? Cause and response, action and reaction, protection and projection. Who do we look up to? Will I become a hero or a monster, or just myself? Choreographed by Aaron Lim.
SONS: Beneath layers of responsibility and expectation - social, familial, cultural - how do the sons of the world navigate the labyrinthine pathways of their own hearts and minds? This work exposes and explores the forces that push and pull on the values, desires and dreams of young men in the contemporary world. How does a mother's voice compete with a barrage of digital content? Or a father's hand with the lure of rebellion and revolt? How does each son pursue, confront or surrender to the challenges, risks, opportunities and conflicts that arise in his lifetime? Choreographed by Kelly Beneforti and the participants.
PRIME TIME: With male muscle strength supposedly peaking at 25, it is said that it is all downhill from there. Four professional dancers, 2 older than 25 and 2 younger, ask what does it mean to reach your prime, how does it feel from inside the body, and how does this present to the outside world? Created and performed by four of our best home grown dancers.
SOMETHING I FORGOT: This work focusses on the aging male, starting at mid-life, through mature adulthood, and on to late adulthood. From a time of personal contemplation, through a time of wanting to give back, and onto the rich wisdom that remains once the memoires of our past have almost completed their job of shaping our future; attempting to avoid past mistakes, if only we could remember them. As questions of ‘forgettory’ arise the experience of memory changes. What is remembered and what is actually performed in the present moment through a thinking body that also forgets? Choreographed by David McMicken.
Production and Promotion Personnel
Production Manager: Angus Robson
Stage Manager: CJ Fraser Bell
Promotion/Media: Agnès Michelet and Jessica Mellor
Darwin International Airport, Southern Cross TV
Tracks Inc is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.
Artistic Co-Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
General Manager: Agnès Michelet
Administrator: Clancy Breasley/Jessica Mellor
Production Manager: Mathew McHugh
Dance Animateur: Kelly Beneforti
Bookkeeper: Noya Chong Wah
Committee Members: Mary Durack (Chairperson), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), Michael Grant, David Taylor, Ken Conway, Stephanie Cvirn, Venaska Cheliah. David McMicken, Tim Newth, Agnès Michelet (Ex-Officio Members)
Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Ippei Okazaki
Patron: His Honour, The Honourable John Hardy OAM, Administrator of the Northern Territory
Fri 11 Aug (Preview)
Sat 12 - Sun 13 Aug
Wed 16 - Sun 20 Aug
Frog Hollow Park
Entrance via McMinn St
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