Triangle Dance Festival for AIDS: Fusing Performance Art and HIV Education
-To learn more aboutMarie Garlock and hercommunity projects, visither website at: http://itisinyou.org/-Visit http://vimeo.com/21802223 to see a beautifulvideo of TDFA 2011,created by JeffreyMiddelstadt
For more informationon organizationsmentioned in this issue:
-United Clayton AreaYouth Network:email@example.com-Interactive TheaterCarolina:
-Triangle Dance Festival forAIDS:http://sites.google.com/site/triangledancefestivalforaids/
Spotlight on Interactive Theatre Carolina
Interactive Theatre Carolina (ITC) is aperformance ensemble at UNC-CH that “usesscripted and improvisational theatre to promotehealth, wellness, and social justice in the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill community” (1). ITC’smission statement explains, “We believe that whenaudience members engage the characters and conflicton stage, they are more likely to explore and changetheir own attitudes and behaviors”. Ron Strauss,co-founder of the popular UNC-CH public healthcourse entitled “AIDS: Principles, Practices, andPolitics”, approached Amy Burtaine, ProgramCoordinator of ITC, about the possibility of creatinga performance to educate the AIDS course studentsthrough theatre. What resulted was an impressivecollaboration between student actors and students inthe class as they explored how to ask a partner touse a condom.Burtaine joined ITC in October of 2010. She has over15 years of experience in applied and community-basedtheatre and specializes in theatre for social change.Burtaine explains, “I have spent much of my life seekingout the intersection of theatre, education, and socialissues”. She has “carved out unique opportunities intheatre education and made a career as a teaching artist indiverse settings in the U.S. and abroad”. Burtaine trainedand worked as a facilitator for with Augusto Boal and theTheatre of the Oppressed in Rio de Janeiro. Herexperience has led her to “facilitate interactive theatreprograms on drinking and sexual violence with theInteractive Theatre Project at the University of Coloradoat Boulder,” and she has led “youth peer-educationtroupes in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa in the use of interactive theatre techniques to
The mission of the CFAR isto provide a multidisciplinaryenvironment that promotesbasic, clinical, behavioral andtranslational research in theprevention, detection andtreatment of HIV infection.
June 8, 2011
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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
A UNESCO Bangkok report states, “As aculturally rooted communication medium,performing arts have been traditionally used toconvey essential messages, knowledge and skillsfrom one generation to the next” (1). Performanceart is being used more frequently as a method of disseminating information about health. At the April2011 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’sCenter for AIDS Research (CFAR) CommunityAdvisory Board meeting, Randy Rogers said, “HIVwork is a lot of hard work, and it’s also a lot of heart work”. Performance is effective as a publichealth intervention because it taps into this veryissue – HIV and AIDS are emotional, complexmatters that must be approached with sensitivityand care. To reach the public and effect change,interventions to reduce risk behavior and to en-courage exploration of personal relationships tohealth, bodies, and sexuality must both provide factsand appeal to the emotional aspects of the epidemic.UNESCO Bangkok writes, “Performing arts can…beused instrumentally to address social issues andnavigate change. They can enhance social coherenceand encourage changes of behavioral patterns” (1).Art provides a social framework within whichresides the capacity to process, evaluate, and copewith a staggering HIV epidemic that is intimately tiedto issues of social justice, poverty, and stigma.The Center for AIDS Research is working toutilize and sponsor local artists and performancegroups to maximize HIV outreachand education efforts in thecommunity. No better example of these efforts exists than The Triangle Dance Festival forAIDS, which recently celebrated its sixth year of spreading joy and love through the community through the mediumof sound and movement. The festival serves as a way togather students, researchers, dancers, activists, art lovers,and more for a common cause. The event aims to promotecommunity involvement benefiting local and global AIDScharities. This year, proceeds were donated to thedirect-service HIV/AIDS organizations Development inGardening (DIG) and the United Clayton Area Network for Youth (UCAN). DIG is an organization with a chapterat UNC-CH that focuses on improving the health of peopleaffected by HIV and AIDS through the installation of micro-gardens in hospitals, outpatient facilities, andorphanages to ensure a supply of vegetables. UCAN is anorganization that works to improve HIV and mental healthissues in Johnston County, North Carolina.Hosting the performance with enthusiasm, purpose, andspirit was Baba Chuck Davis of the Chuck Davis AfricanAmerican Dance Ensemble.
Baba Chuck Davisgathers all the TDFAperformers andorganizers together on stage to join hands while
Djiali Cissokhoplays the kora (a WestAfrican harp)
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