Tyger "Tyler" White does't have a theater or arts background, but he does have a strong inclination toward the creative, he says, because he grew up in Santa Fe (where people, like, really like art). Cue Mantality, an event through which White hopes to examine the concept of what it means to be masculine and creative (while avoiding toxicity). A 16-member force, the show explores
energy and expression through dance, poetry, performance and more as performed by a diverse and inclusive cast of male-identifying Santa Feans. Pop by the one-off event yourself (8 pm Friday Sept. 29. $5-$20. Railyard Performance Center, 1611 Paseo de Peralta, 982-8309) to learn more and feel good that proceeds go to the Solace Rape Crisis Treatment Center and Reel Fathers.
What are you doing exactly for the event? Are you performing?
I am not. I'm the director of the show; an organizer, an emailer. I'm the person with the idea behind the show. I had the inspiration to gather these men to create something for our community.
Do you think it's hard for men to feel OK about being creative?
I do, especially with what's being presented in the mass media like Instagram and YouTube and even our president. Expressions of creativity and vulerability are often seen as weaknesses, and this can lead to isolation or men feeling they can't express themselves. We're in a time where it's difficult for most men to express themselves. Part of the gift of this show is we're in this time, and we need more creativity.
Do you have a main goal or desire for the show?
No main goal. Just building community, going through the process as men—that's revolutionary—and giving back.