Son of Man, is a multidisciplinary artistic excavation of the "ordinary man". This trans- national collaboration is an attempt to re-imagine and re-translate the Book of Job (King James Version), into a contemporary lens by comparing and contrasting Job’s story to the and the lives of my collaborator's and my fathers and the lives of men like them. Through a variety of initiatives we seek facilitate a network of relationships that reveal to us the nature of manhood in the sociological, literary and personal realms.
These initiatives include:
Bodyment Classes - We will be offering classes on self-development through contact improvisation and vocal exercises. With our classes we hope to free participants from delimiting vocal and bodily habits to open up the creative possibilities that live there. These classes are meant for professionals of any field interested in deepening their communication and public speaking skills and stress relief.
Open Rehearsals with 16by16 - in partnership with local arts center 16by16, we will have open rehearsals. Through these we hope to create more consistent relationship with community members around the work.
Three Foolish Women and One Man - a podcast where we delve into the Book of Job in lively discussions with collaborators especially because of the strong post-colonial relationship between Black people (Africans and non-Africans) and Christianity, We have decided to embark on this exploration into the ancient biblical text, and the modern reality. Firstly, we want to show our communities the way that they struggle to merge themselves with Biblical ideals that were written outside of both their history or reality. At the same time however, we want to juxtapose the life of Job, and the life of African & Caribbean men as an exercise in unpacking struggle of masculinity as it has existed across planes of space, time and trauma.
As Junot Diaz explained in his interview with Krista Tippett, the patriarchal system in a hyper- capitalist world (like Nigeria and Trinidad) requires that men reject an awareness of the interior. Therefore, the most Manly tends to be the most surfacial being: one who can reject feelings, thoughts, family, dependence, love, touch, and manage to avoid coming to terms with the interior (and in effect, co-dependent) nature of being Human. And so, while men contend with the privileges of the patriarchy, which give them the loudest voices, they also contend with ideals that deny them interiority and therefore, vulnerability and humanity. Interestingly, our societies’ characterization of men parallels God's characterization of Himself in the Book of Job. We consider this tension crucial to our exploration. What does it mean that we have imposed Divine qualities on corporal bodies? Where does that lead? How do men carry that?”
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