MAN UP! (EDMONTON)
“You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become a villain” – Batman
If life were a comic book, a superhero would appear at any moment to save the day. However, those we celebrate as heroes often turn out to be villains with good publicists. So what does it mean to be a hero in our reality? MAN UP! brings you an all-new production in their signature dance-theatre style, taking on what it means to be a hero and so much more.
In 2015, MAN UP! premiered at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival to critical and audience acclaim with their self-titled debut, and was featured as one of the festival’s hold-over selections. Since then, MAN UP! has created four additional full-length productions:
- MAN UP! presents BONDAGE: A Tribute to 007 – a James Bond-themed show developed for the 2016 Jasper Pride Festival, and presented in Edmonton later that year.
- MAN UP! presents SPICE BOYS – a Spice Girls gender swap commissioned by the City of Edmonton for the Opening Gala of the 2016 International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Championships. SPICE BOYS went on to sell out a two night engagement at La Cité Francophone in Edmonton, and was featured at the 2017 Silver Skate Festival in Edmonton’s Hawrelak Park.
- MAN UP!’s CIRQUE ELECTRIQUE – a circus-themed show commissioned by the 2017 Jasper Pride Festival, and was followed by Edmonton performances.
- MAN UP! has DADDY ISSUES – a new production that explores the constraints of a patriarchal society on all genders, and the importance of finding forgiveness for our fathers, which premiered at the 2017 Edmonton International Fringe Festival to critical and audience acclaim.
In addition to their full-length productions, MAN UP! has been invited to perform at various community events and fundraisers, including the 2017 Edmonton and Calgary Pride Festivals, Alberta Culture Days, and Fruit Loop events, with a collective attendance of over 4,000 people. MAN UP! also has a strong social media presence with over 700 followers on Facebook and nearing 700 on Instagram. Their website, manupyeg.com features regular blogs that explore masculinity, sexuality, authenticity, and vulnerability.