Jul 30th, 2012 - Ago 1st, 2012
From the theatre to the street, the gallery to the classroom and beyond; the DFL Sex Actually Festival is a unique multileveled HIV and AIDS arts education, activist and therapeutic intervention. It is honest, fun, naughty, serious and cutting edge. Embracing a diversity of voices, it speaks in creative and holistic ways to the complexity of the issues at heart.
Theatre, dance, visual art, film and poetry are coupled with lively debates, discussion panels and workshops. From a full performance programme to the extremely popular DFL Lover + Another National Poetry Challenge, the DFL Sex Actually Film Festival @ The Bioscope and the Film + School Project to the DFL and Themba Interactive Schools Festival, there is something for everyone.
‘The DFL Sex Actually Festival has the extraordinary ability to intrigue, entertain, educate, stimulate and fulfill audiences. At DFL we know one size does not fit all, which is why there is such diversity in this festival, from comedy with Deep Fried Man, to fabulous voguing on the dance floor, poetry which will knock you over, online forums for audiences to have their say, educational programmes which are honest and real, and superb theatre and debates. It’s a festival of sexy.’ Levinia Jones DFL Sex Actually festival Director
This year’s performance programme promises progressive works and exciting, cross-cultural, cross-discipline collaborations from leading practitioners both local and international. To whet the appetite and opening DFL Sex Actually is choreographer Eric Lanquet of Danses en I`R (Reunion Island) who collaborates with The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative in the new work which forms part of the France South Africa Season 2012 and 2013 titled “Somewhere, out there, life was screaming”, funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF).
Mike van Graan’s play “Iago’s Last Dance”, is directed by Makhaola Ndebele, Leila Henriques and Vanessa Cook and produced by the Wits Theatre. DFL Director Warren Nebe and renowned photographer Gideon Mendel offer the intriguing photographic and performance collaboration – “Through Positive Eyes”, made possible with the support of Make Art Stop AIDS and UCLA.
Artists reflect the society from in which they come and this year the festival has been partly shaped by the concern around the growing intolerance that the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) communities are facing around the world. Despite our constitution protecting the rights of all sexual orientations, the LGBTI community not only face fierce opposition from traditional and religious leaders, but the threat of extreme violence and even death.
This is the second year The Bioscope Independent Cinema has partnered with DFL to bring audiences the DFL Sex Actually Film Festival. From South African sexploitation cinema, contemporary art-house cinema and ‘porno chic’ the DFL Sex Actually Film Festival is curated to scrutinise the diversity of sex in cinema from the 1970s to the present day. The festival is open to the public and takes place at The Bioscope, Fox Street, 30 August – 1 September.
The Film + School Project initiated by The Bioscope and the Goethe Institut South Africa is a holistic project that engages learners, educators and applied theatre practitioners on issues around sex, sexuality, gender and HIV & AIDS using cinema, facilitated discussions and DFL Playback Theatre. This project takes place through August, every Wednesday morning with different schools from the inner city.
The spoken-word festival; DFL Lover + Another National Poetry Challenge uses regional and national poetry slams (competitions) and workshops to engage with the youth on the risks and cultural factors affecting their sexual behavior. The regional competition and workshops run through August with the final taking place on the 24 August at Wits theatre in Johannesburg. Entries for this competition close on 30 August in the different Hubs across SA.
The DFL Festival is made possible with support of Goethe Institut, GIZ, OSISA, BASA, University of Johannesburg, IOHA, Wits University, WSOA, WSOE, Wits Transformation Office, Wits Theatre, CCDU, Make Arts Stop AIDS
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