Applied Theatre and Sexual Health Communication in South Africa: Challenging Transformation

Challenging Transformation
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan (Verlag)
  • erscheint ca. am 20. Juni 2020
 
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
978-1-349-95974-7 (ISBN)
 

Understandings of sex, sexuality, consent and safe relationships are as diverse and complicated as the multiple cultures and communities which exist. Conversations about what safe sex means for you or for your community are complex, difficult to negotiate and are regularly furtive or secretive. When sexual health education seeks to intervene it is often constrained, medicalised and 'mechanical' (in that it focuses on the mechanics of the event) and/or focused on creating changes in behaviour. There is often little discussion about different kinds of sexuality nor is space given to understanding what consent or a safe relationship might mean for any one individual. More obviously, the underlying narrative of most sexual health communication, discussion and education programmes are particularly heteronormative.

This book brings together two often connected but separately theorised fields: that of sexual health communication and the field of applied theatre and performance. The book offers an alternative to traditional sexual health communication approaches by using as its basis an analysis of a particular applied performance-based project that occurred in South Africa. This book considers another way of approaching sexual health communication while also challenging some key tenets held in applied theatre practice, namely an empowerment, transformation and/or impact narrative. Rather than promoting a 'cause, effect and outcome' model of practice, in terms of using applied theatre as a way of addressing key sexual health concerns, this book offers a powerful argument for the importance of creating a space for dialogue and debate that can occur through arts-based work.

2020
  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
Approx. 260 p.
  • Höhe: 21 cm
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  • Breite: 14.8 cm
978-1-349-95974-7 (9781349959747)
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Dr. Katharine E. Low is a practitioner and researcher in socially engaged theatre making and sexual health communication. Her work and research focuses on the intersections of health, labour and care in applied practice, and motherhood and academia. Katharine has written about her practice research in a number of journals and co-edited Applied Theatre: Performing Health and Wellbeing for Methuen Bloomsbury (2017). She is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Theatre and Community Performance at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
This book analyses the partnership between applied theatre and sexual health communication in a theatre making project in Nyanga, a township in South Africa. By examining the bridges and schisms between the two fields as they came together, an alternative way of approaching sexual health communication is advocated. This analysis considers what the something that applied theatre does, and could become, in this context. Moments of value which lie around the margins emerge as opportunities that often can be overlooked. These somewhat ephemeral, intangible moments which appear on the edges, I describe as apertures of possibility. Apertures of possibility occur when you take a step back and realise something you did not notice in the moment of the practice - here is the invitation to pause, to notice the seemingly insignificant matter that often occurs tangentially to the practice. This book is also a call for more outcry and theatre-making about sexual health and sexual violence; we need multitudes of voices, nuanced understandings and diverse spaces in which discussions of sexuality and sexual health are shared, felt and experienced.

1. Endorsement

Kim Solga, Professor of Theatre Studies, Western University

Applied Theatre and Sexual Health Communication demonstrates our community-engaged labour at its best. Low reveals the processes through which our work with individuals comes to impact whole communities, and to shape informal pedagogical networks that have significant social impact. Asking at what price we value "measurement" of our outcomes above all else, Low simultaneously reveals the risks of closing off other ways to assess the value of what we do. This is urgent work.

Dr. Katharine E. Low is a practitioner and researcher in socially engaged theatre making and sexual health communication. Her work and research focuses on the intersections of health, labour and care in applied practice, and motherhood and academia. Katharine has written about her practice research in a number of journals and co-edited Applied Theatre: Performing Health and Wellbeing for Methuen Bloomsbury (2017). She is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Theatre and Community Performance at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

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