Nov 272012

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Many lesbian women in South Africa have lived the nightmare of the so-called "corrective violations," in which the men "teach lesbians are women".

More than 10 women have died in the past two years after being raped. After "corrective rape" arrives, in many occasions, AIDS, social rejection, contempt for the police and death. The funny thing, is that South Africa has a particularly tough legislation against violations, and was the first African country in legalizing the equal marriage and punish gender discrimination, but there is a clear social rejection to the problem. Violators are part of the neighborhoods. Agents are known and prefer not to stop them. The families refuse in many cases to the daughters and other family members who declare their homosexuality. Witnesses and doctors do not attend the trials and lawyers don't want to defend them, what makes this an endless process.

About these horrible violations and women who suffer them, turn the I Stand Corrected play written by British playwright Mojisola Adebayo and South African choreographer Mamela Nyamza. The work deals with the supernatural story of two lesbian lovers, two different, trying to play through a deadly gap continents. The story is told through physical theatre, with large doses of humor, absurd, accompanied by dance, music, fire and great choreography.

"It's strange because it has never made a work that deals with a serious issue, however, we do not allow to hear laughter during the performance." "Of course this correction process will not just work, but the work explores the theme of what it means for women to become 'correct'. Therefore, we use the supernatural and ask ourselves what means to be natural. "The argument is that it is not natural to be gay, but it is likely that you can find nothing more contrary to nature to kill a living being", declared the authors.

The work, which is represented in the Ovalhouse Theatre in London until December 8, also wondered about the origins of these humiliations: how it all began? And... are why so many men are doing this?

Alexa Lopez