Courtney Crumpler, 2013, Undeclared

I carried out an independent research project in Brazil with ABIA’s Companhia da Saúde, a group of adolescent performers who use street theater, song and dance, colorful costumes and even some circus techniques to present messages of AIDS prevention and solidarity in a fun and creative way. I spent five weeks observing rehearsals, taking photographs, and conducting interviews with the members of the company and its directors. This was my first formal field research experience, and one I found both interesting and rewarding. I am excited to continue analysis of my findings and to write more about my work with ABIA.