Literature, dance, art explore masculinity

May 30, 2017
In novelist Paul Auster’s recent book “4 3 2 1,” young Archie Ferguson closely observes the fathers, sons, brothers, and husbands around him. He knows his own father, Stanley, best, so he judges him most harshly. Stanley spends so much time at work he becomes distant, something his son “resented, or at least felt bad about, or that frustrated him, or made him angry, or some other word he hadn’t thought of yet.”

This anger, frustration, and struggle to connect is also evident in a piece New Zealand choreographer Neil Ieremia calls “Crying Men,” part of a larger work that will confront what it means to be a man in the modern world. Ieremia, whose Black Grace contemporary dance company toured the United States this spring, juxtaposes three dancers onstage. One crying man could be a child of the 1950s like Archie, exploring how to

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