Stimulating Spectacle and Transparent Dialogue: The DFL Sex Actually Festival RETURNS @drama_for_life!

Stimulating Spectacle and Transparent Dialogue: The DFL Sex Actually Festival RETURNS!

The 8th annual Sex Actually Festival returns to Wits University from the 01 – 03 October 2015, and this year we focus on speaking actively and transparently about sex, men’s health, masculinities, and HIV/AIDS. Programmed highlights consist of performance art productions, a playful student intervention on campus, and a Masculinity Mash-up! As part of the SexTalk Series.

Welcome back to Werk IT! After an explosive closing performance at the Sex Actually Festival 2014, we just had to experience this provocative production once again! This performance work is an activist approach that pays homage to queer expression and masculinity, weaving a visual kaleidoscope that challenges what it means to be a man in South Africa and the continent of Africa. Curator and director of the work, Kieron Jina, emphasizes: ‘We need to celebrate the body of difference and learn a better way of accepting this in order to challenge our perspectives on what we perceive as “normal”. [Werk IT!] Is curated and collaboratively constructed by the cast of 17 performance artists, and showcases a reflection of queer expression as well as the diversity of masculinity.’ Werk IT! will showcase in the Wits Art Museum FREE on Thursday 01 October at 20:00 (limited spaces available), and Friday 02 October for the Sex Actually Festival 2015 Opening. The final performance can be seen on Saturday 03 October. Tickets for the 02 & 03 October at 20:00 are R55-R85, available online at www.webtickets.co.za

Morwa: The Rising Son by Tefo Paya is brought to you by The Wits Theatre So Solo Festival. Following a fantastic tour that emerged on the Sex Actually 2013 stage and thereafter included the National Arts Festival and provincial schools’ festivals, this award winning play follows the journey of a young man born and raised in Botswana in search of masculine identity. Morwa is a Setswana word meaning ‘Son’. Through personal narrative, the play asks: what defines a man? How does one transition from being a boy to becoming a man, and what of Rites of Passage? This intimate telling responds to what extent parents, family, friends, community and media greatly affect the growth and development of young men. The production showcases in the Nunnery Theatre on 01 Oct at 13:00 & 19:00, 02 Oct at 13:15 & 19:00, and 03 Oct at 14:00. Tickets are R75-R85, available at the Wits box-office an hour before the show or online at www.webtickets.co.za

Masculinity Mash-Up! Featuring Glenn de Swardt (Anova Health Institute): The Anal Taboo and Anal Pleasure, and Dr Kalli Spencer (Urology Department- Charlotte Maxeke JHB Academic Hospital): Penis Size: How Do You Measure Up? Transparent dialogue, health information, & free PENIS RULERS! Sex Talk Series 2015: A Drama for Life Townhall Exclusive on Thursday 01 October on the 17th floor University Corner Building, Wits University- East Campus, 12:15 – 13:30.

The anus is probably the most unlikely part of your own body you have ever seen, and rarely spoken about socially. Despite this, the anus is often associated with sexual desire and pleasure by many people, both heterosexual and homosexual. The anal taboo intersects with both sexual health- specifically regarding HIV and sexually transmitted infections-, and mental health.

Glenn de Swardt is the Senior Technical Advisor to Health4Men of the Anova Health Institute. Health4Men was established in 2008 to lead South Africa’s response to HIV among an internationally recognised key population, men who have sex with men (MSM). For more information visit www.anovahealth.co.za, www.health4men.co.za, www.wethebrave.co.za or join Health4Men on Facebook.

Pertinent issues related to men’s health will highlight an informal dialogue forum hosted by Dr Spencer. Dr Spencer represents the Men’s Health Association supported by Bayer HealthCare. Join us for a stimulating conversation!

SexSports! On the campus library lawns! Using a fun-day approach, this lunchtime event will have students engage in team events that require them to work together, answer questions, and share in important information about reproductive health, sex, relationships and HIV/AIDS. Join in on the fun on Friday 02 October at 13:15-14:15! Sign up a team of 4 by Wednesday 30 September at Drama for Life: 17th floor University Corner Building, East Campus, or contact info.dfl@wits.ac.za

Tickets for the theatre productions can be purchased at www.webtickets.co.za or at the Wits Theatre box office an hour before each show. All other events are open and free to the public. For further Sex Actually Festvial 2015 programme updates, visit www.dramaforlife.co.za Join us on Facebook at Drama for Life and on Twitter @drama_for_life

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