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The Drama For Life Sex Actually Festival is back for a sixth round of drama, arts and dance to be held at Wits University, opening today and running until the end of the month.
Speaking transparently about sex, relationships, masculinity and gender-based violence, the festival focuses on dynamic dialogue to encourage community engagement.
The festival aims to give insight on sex matters and explore gender-specific reproductive health issues. Performance arts and talk shops like the DFL Sex Talk Series will be used in explorative ways: from inside the theatre, street performances, facilitated processes, workshops, film and multimedia interventions, as well as access to information and testing. Festival director Tarryn Lee says this is an “extraordinary fusion of professional works and cross-community engagement”.
Festival highlights are acts such as Standard Bank Young Artist 2013 Award-winner Fana Tshabalala, who will perform the dynamic play Between Us at the festival opening.
The 2011 Sala award-winner for poetry, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers, and Myesha Jenkins, co-host of Jozi House of Poetry, are among the cast of Secret to the Moon and The Reconciled Project by Sasol New Signatures Art Competition finalist Mari-Louise du Plessis, staged with an interactive audiovisual performance.
The main DFL Sex Actually Festival is at the Wits theatre complex at Jorissen Street, Braamfontein, and the Soweto Theatre. – Tonight Reporter
• Visit www.dramaforlife.co.za for further programme information.