South African performance artist and satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys came to Los Angeles October 2-19 for a short-term residency at the Art | Global Health Center at UCLA in the Department of World Arts and Cultures.
While here he performed his award-winning one man show ELECTIONS & ERECTIONS, an irreverent look at sex and politics, at UCLA, REDCAT, and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.
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Uys performed his one-hour HIV-education performance For Fact's Sake for groups from three LA high schools, Taft High School, Central High School #9, and King Drew Medical Magnet High School.
And when not performing himself, Uys taught a workshop class in the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures. Uys worked with students to create the AIDS Performance Team, an ensemble that uses monologue, puppetry, and dramatic skits to address various issues surrounding HIV/AIDS including fear and stigma. The result was a hilarious and engaging performance on Oct. 16th to a packed house in the Glorya Kaufman Dance theater. The AIDS Performance team went on to perform at 48 Hours to Action, the Art | Global Health Center's annual performance to honor World AIDS Day, and will be a part of an HIV-education performance touring Los Angeles high schools as part in 2010.
In ELECTIONS & ERECTIONS, the wily Cape Town satirist tracks a personal journey through a landscape of fear and fun in an uproarious one-man assault on political folly. Gleefully cheering democracy and sex—both illicit for most of his life—Uys hilariously portrays a procession of political figures and opinion-shakers: the Obamas and the Clintons, a Tutu here and a Mandela there, old apartheid Nationalists, reinvented capitalist Communists, designer Democrats, International Fat Cats and other bloody fools. And then there is Uys' signature character, the fictitious Evita Bezuidenhout, "the most famous white woman in Africa" and the head of her own political party, Evita's People's Party.
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