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Boys Like Us (2019)

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 “I learned to feel nostalgia for my own youth while I was living it”— Edmund White

Featuring Sergio Barrientos, Andrew Bauer, Guillermo Castro, Elijah Hahn-Smith, EzraNolan Spencer, and Colin Sneddon, BOYS LIKE US is an evening-length dance piece that reflects on the process of coming-of-age and ‘coming out’ as a gay/queer person.  Through pedestrian movement, improvisation and intimate/physical interaction, the piece utilizes abstraction and layered representation in a non-liner, non-narrative form to offer a resonance on a human need for touch, the exploration of new and burgeoning sexual expression, and the process of forming and evolving identity. 

Director/Choreographer Brandon Whited (Assistant Professor of Dance) engages the performers to collaborate and reflect on these themes within both broad and personal perspectives to consider themes of vulnerability, discovery, isolation, and the desire for connection adolescent boys might feel as they come into their own.

Expanding on an initial duet iteration featuring Sam Wentz and Ryan Walker Page, and presented at Highways Performance Space, an evening-length version will be presented at UCSB’s Hatlen Theater Oct 24-26 with all shows at 8:00pm.

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 **Please keep an eye out for information on pre-show panel discussions and post show Q&A talkbacks as those details become available.

Earlier Event: October 4
Dance Gallery Festival - Texas