ASB The­atre, Auck­land, 6- 8 Septem­ber; Te Rau­paraha Arena, Porirua, 20-21 Septem­ber

North & South - - Conversation -

This new work by Black Grace founder Neil Ieremia ex­plores the some­times chal­leng­ing realm of Pa­cific mas­culin­ity, draw­ing on tra­di­tional sto­ry­telling, song and dance. Premier­ing in Auck­land – the largest Poly­ne­sian city in the world – Cry­ing Men fol­lows three gen­er­a­tions of Pa­cific men deal­ing with the loss of a ma­tri­arch who em­pow­ered their lives through com­pas­sion, strength and tol­er­ance. Ac­claimed play­wright Vic­tor Rodger has cre­ated a “nar­ra­tive frame­work” un­der­pin­ning the piece, and original music was com­mis­sioned from lo­cal hip-hop tal­ents Anony­mouz and Sub­mariner. Warn­ing: in­cludes themes of phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal abuse.

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