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DANCE215S: Performing Sexual Health A Photo Essay by Talise Redmond

What is activist sexual health education theater?

Performing Sexual Health (DANCE 215S), taught by Professor Keval Khalsa, explores the history, theories, and strategies behind activist sexual health education theater as it has been used locally and globally. Humor, personal narratives, and non-judgmental, sex-positive approaches open dialogues about sexual health by and for diverse communities. Students create and tour a live performance and workshop for high school students and also create short videos segments to be used by high school teachers in health classrooms.

Meet the Duke Sex Ed Squad!

The Duke Sex Ed Squad is a theater collective that develops engaging, challenging performances and workshops to educate Triangle-area high school students on issues of sexual health. The collective uses tools and techniques from Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed. Students from the course work in conjunction with a local organization to create an event for World AIDS Day (Dec. 1st).

Tackling taboo topics through song

PHOTO: Students perform a kindergarten skit for Durham Academy students. They ask questions about the biological parts of sex and pregnancy, and the teacher answers these questions through song.

Students create short videos segments to be used by high school teachers in health classrooms.

This photo shows students filming scenes about STI stigmas and toxic masculinity. They write the scripts and work with a film crew from Los Angeles and Chapel Hill to create the videos.

Students create and tour a live performance and workshop for high school students.

PHOTO: Students perform “I am” poem talking about their identities and experience with sexual health. They touch on subjects such as communication, education, and culture. They later lead the Durham Academy students in creating their own “I am” poems.

Students perform machine of sexual health stereotypes and difficulty in obtaining information from those around them.

Thanks to all who make it possible to connect academic programming with community to promote social equity and change! Learn more at https://servicelearning.duke.edu/!

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