Short film. Based on award winning story by LGBT fiction pioneer Richard Hall.

Men Dancing Athletically



CHOREOGRAPHERS in the U.S. have repeatedly drawn men and metaphors from the world of sports to give their work a sense of authenticity on the concert dance stage. What’s more, the presence of male athletes and athleticism has worked to counter long-held anxieties about the supposed effeminacy of male dancers. To illustrate what I think is a heretofore unexamined use of male athletes in dance, I wish to discuss four dances: Nijinsky’s Jeux (1913); Ted Shawn’s Olympiad from 1936; Gene Kelly’s 1958 TV dance documentary called Dancing: A Man’s Game; and Twyla Tharp’s 1980 work, Dancing is a Man’s Sport, Too.

In 1913, Vaslav Nijinsky choreographed a dance called Jeux, which translates from the French as “games” or “play.” Nijinsky, the Russian dancer and choreographer perhaps best known for his Afternoon of a Faun and Le Sacre du Printemps, abandoned Jeux after only eight performances.

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