Ode to Man
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"I asked men to tell me what a real man is. I asked my father. I asked the man I sat next to in Year 11 Chemistry. I asked a man I met at a pub one night and every man I dated over a two year period. I asked almost 100 men. This is what I heard." EMMA MARY HALL
Over 15 darkly funny chapters, award-winning theatre-makers Emma Mary Hall and Prue Clark explore the state of modern man and romantic ambition in a world where women dare dream to have it all. Accompanied by original animation and projection by Lindsay Cox and sound composition by Chris Wenn (Primitive Calculators), both notable men who were not harmed in the making of this production.
This is the second show from the makers of critically-acclaimed success We May Have to Choose, seen at Brisbane Festival 2016.
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ARUGA CITIZEN REVIEW
Ode to Man, a lyrical poem, written and performed by Emma Hall, is a captivating monologue in 15 chapters musing on men, love, masculinity, relationships and identity. It is the second show from Emma Hall and Director, Prue Clark, award winning theatre makers and the creators of the critically acclaimed We May Have to Choose.
Ode to Man (a farewell to men) is not born out of a hatred of men, but out of a desire to understand them in a modern world. It is a passionate expression of grief and sorrow over a break up with a serious boyfriend. It is also a searing, no holds barred examination of manhood, masculinity and fatherhood.
Emma draws on her personal experiences of dating, research and anecdotal evidence about masculinity to craft a deeply compelling and thought-provoking poetic performance.
The stage is transformed into a white three sided canvas on which a series of moving images, animation, photographs and drawings are cleverly projected and intertwined with Emma’s expressive performance. Her enthusiasm and energy is contagious as she interacts with ancient marble sculptures of perfectly formed men and compares men to muscular horses to emphasise a particular point or aspect of her story. It’s a history lecture, a book review, and an etymology lesson all cleverly interwoven into performance art.
Emma’s act is funny, provocative and highly entertaining. It’s an open and honest analysis of her own relationships with men. Her frank observations about men and their changing roles in society is linked to a desire to understand the state of the modern male. What does this mean in a world where women dare to dream of having it all? And what does having it all mean anyway? How do men and women navigate their relationships in a modern world where traditional roles are evolving, and women build houses and men do yoga?
Ode to Man is a provocative and deeply insightful poetic performance.
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