Message in a human body

Performance>> Aids • Cuba

Published: Friday 31 December 2010

The crowd broke into laughter as Margot Parapar said, “Now the human body is divided into five parts: head, trunk, upper and lower limbs, and condom”.

Cuban drag queen-cum-comedian-cumhealth promoter Oliver Alarcón includes HIV/AIDS prevention messages in his shows.

“I try to put my message into accessible language so it reaches people directly, without vulgarity and for a very mixed audience, because we are all vulnerable,” the artist told news agency IPS.

His performance Canto a la vida (Song to Life) was one of the activities organised on November 28, ahead of World AIDS Day on December 1. Tailoring one’s language to each specific audience is, according to Alarcón, the key to promoting the practice of safe sex through art.

His colleague Leonardo León said he and Alarcón try not to oversimplify issues while talking about them.

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