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GRAHAMSTOWN - DRAMA (article first published : 1999-06-27)

The iTiS Arts Company presents the South African premiere of dialogue between a prostituteand her client, written by Italian writer, Dacia Maraini. Her work includes journalism, novels, poetry, short stories, criticism and plays for the theatre. dialogue between a prostitute and her client will be shown in South Africa for the first time at the 1999 Standard Bank National Arts Festival.

The subject of Maraini's writing is itself an exploration of sensuality - not merely sexual experience or sexual politics but the entire spectrum of interactions that make sex such a central, controversial concern in most Western societies.

Manila, the prostitute, derives sexual pleasure from her encounter with her client and she translates this into a maternal nurturing impulse. The play explores the dynamics of seduction in an explicit and direct way, embracing the notion of the importance of the body. Manila is not a victim of circumstance. She is well educated, and aware of what she is doing.

Directed by Melissa Jane Cook and performed by Maia Jordaan and Rob Murray, the play's structure allows direct confrontation between audience and actors. Manila speaks to the audience, asking questions such as: "Are you an expert on prostitutes. Have you ever been to one? How dos prostitutes behave?" and "Do prostitutes have a higher or lower self-esteem than other women?"

The nudity, sex, violence and language of the play may offend sensitive viewers and therefore has an age restriction of no under 17.

The iTiS Arts Company take to the streets of Grahamstown with performance art and street theatre designed especially for this year's Festival. Performed free of charge, this artistic experience is created especially for those who are traditionally deprived of the advantage of art/i>


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