Phillip Adams BalletLab and Arts House Premieres LIVE WITH IT, Ballet About AIDS, Tonight
Phillip Adams BalletLab presents the world premiere of LIVE WITH IT we all have HIV in July 2014 to coincide with the World AIDS conference. This multi form performance work, supported by the Victorian AIDS Council and their regional networks, tackles the still present and socially important issue of HIV/AIDS. LIVE WITH IT we all have HIV explores how the virus impacts those of us who live bodily with HIV/AIDS and the experiences of those who are profoundly affected in other ways.
BalletLab Artistic Director Phillip Adams and visual artist Andrew Hazewinkel have developed this powerful, life-affirming work with more than 50 project participants of diverse age, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity, in a series of workshops held in regional and urban centres across Victoria.
The concept of LIVE WITH IT we all have HIV was generated by Hazewinkel and Adams, who having lived through the height of the epidemic when it was still broadly perceived as a Gay only problem, recognised a need to contextualise Australia's 30 year relationship with the virus within the broader Australian cultural landscape.
LIVE WITH IT we all have HIV is an intimate portrait of how we as a broad community have lived through and shaped Australia's 30-year history with the virus. Choreography, written and spoken word, video and other visual media are used in exploring the ideas expressed by the participants. LIVE WITH IT we all have HIV is a unique and timely journey into what HIV/AIDS means to all of us today, it is a compelling, uncensored expression of shared human experience.