A confronting theatrical and movement based performance, examining the prejudices, discrimination and stigma experienced by people living with HIV. A series of different provocations on the stigma of HIV/AIDS, shared through the diverse storytelling of men and women’s lived experiences.
S_T_I_G_M_A is a stunning, moving and captivating performance which confronts the self-hatred imposed by mass culture and the ignorance of commercial media, through the unifying of theatre and dance.
People living with HIV experience stigma to a large degree especially when traversing the realm of intimate and sexual connections. S_T_I_G_M_A unpacks this difficult terrain with a revealing visual and artistic narrative composition.
In collaboration with Science Gallery Melbourne, a post-show Q&A panel discussion will be hosted on Sunday 1st October by BLOOD: ATTRACT & REPEL curatorial advisor Professor Sharon Lewin with key HIV researchers from the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, HIV community members and leaders in the Melbourne theatre community.
This work contains full frontal nudity and sex scenes.
Directed & Created by Darren Vizer
Performed by Daniel Last, Laura Jane Turner & Alex Duncan
Sound design and composition by Neddwellyn Jones and Zachary Kazepis
Produced by Devize Co, in partnership with Science Gallery Melbourne, The University of Melbourne, Victorian Aids Council, Living Positive Victoria, Positive Women Victoria and The Space Dance Centre.