Choreography by Cynthia Oliver. Text by Oliver in collaboration with Nicholas Wagner. Music by Pole. Premiered at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL.
Corpus Againstus is Oliver’s first work created on a male performer. A solo made on Nicholas Wagner, Corpus addresses the coming out and daily negotiation of a young gay man in a complex world. Flipping between the heavy coded walk of straight youth and that of a gay man trying to move through the world imperceptibly, he is at once brave and fearful, playful, tragic, and spiritually uplifted as he uplifts us with his embrace of himself and his complicated environment.