|Chiravann performing her piec|
This summer, I had the great opportunity of being a part of SAFIRE's summer session. Although I'm currently a second year at UC Berkeley, I didn't hesitate to accept the chance to spend another summer with SAFIRE, because of how much I get out of the program each year.
This summer was no different. Our summer celebration might have been the best yet, because of how well we transformed the topic of sexuality education into such diverse performances. In planning, I was curious to see how we can translate such heavy and personal topics into “performable” pieces without having the majority of the celebration become art pieces. I mean, it's sex. What more can we say?
My highlight was performing my spoken word piece. During the summer program, we discussed body image and healthy relationships, and I found myself relating to the topic in so many ways. I usually get away with doing behind the scenes “performances” like doing videos and art work, but I felt like this celebration I was given the opportunity to share something personal with the audience. I wrote a really personal piece about my relationship with myself, and how I used to abuse my self esteem.
|Some fabulous raffle prizes.|
That night might have been one of my proudest moments. I was able to see that my audience felt the emotions I have felt in the last 18 years of my life. Thank you SAFIRE!