Entering into the highly charged discourse around masculinity, Canberra’s Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres in partnership with Little Dove Theatre Art present Tristan: A Song for the Superior Man in a premiere season from 29 November 2017.
Tristan: A Song for the Superior Man is vigorous physical theatre interspersed with story, song and dance. It is highly visual and entertaining but also aims to truly connect with the audience through the vulnerability of the local male cast. In a world rife with problematic social attitudes around the identity and performance of masculinity, this new theatre work asks “What does it mean to be a good man?”
Drawing from the experiences shared by the male cast, Tristan: A Song for the Superior Man focuses on the lived experience of masculinity. “The audience will experience a beautiful, energetic piece of theatre. And they will also gain some insight in to the male condition as told by men in the show,” said Writer & Director, Chenoeh Miller.
“It is the men involved in the creative development that have defined the content – how they deal with violent tendencies, romantic relationships, coming out of the closet, and the unfair expectations that are so often placed on them to be tough, resilient and providing.”
Little Dove’s aesthetic is based on a fusion of influences with a major focus on butoh dance, live art and contemporary performance. It is through the mixing of genres and experimentation of form that the company has developed an ever-changing and categorically diverse array of artistic products.
The Tristan: A Song for a Superior Man cast is made up of well-known local artists including Chris Endrey, Nick Delatovic, Oliver Levi-Malouf, Erica Field, and Raoul Craemer – each of whom are challenged to portray an insightful and intimate side of themselves.
Writer & Director: Chenoeh Miller Co-writers & Performers: Chris Endrey, Nick Delatovic, Oliver Levi-Malouf, Erica Field, Raoul Craemer Choreographer: Alison Plevey
Tristan: A Song for a Superior Man
Ralph Wilson Theatre – Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon
Season: 29 November – 3 December 2017 (preview: 28 November)
Information and Bookings: www.agac.com.au
Image: Raoul Craemer features in Tristan: Song for the Superior Man – photo by Andrew Sikorski