Art of sen­sual read­ing

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KARISHMA DIPA

CEL­E­BRATE sen­su­al­ity while in­dulging in a good book this week­end as a group of naked women take to the stage in an in­ti­mate read­ing ses­sion.

While many might come to the show to sim­ply see nude women, pro­ducer and ac­tor in The Naked Girls Read­ing Ali­cia Skead in­sists they will re­turn be­cause of the read­ing.

“This may be hard to be­lieve, but once you start read­ing both you and the au­di­ence get so wrapped up in the sto­ries that the nu­dity be­comes sec­ondary and you for­get you’re naked.”

The show runs from to­day to Sun­day at Mabo­neng. It orig­i­nated in the US in 2009, but has since been a hit since it ar­rived in Cape Town last year. Now Joburg­ers can also en­joy a small group of beau­ti­ful women read­ing in the nude.

Skead said it has be­come such an hit around the world that by the end of last year, it had been staged in 25 in­ter­na­tional cities.

The four read­ers on stage do strip down to their birth­day suits but the for­mat of the show means that no reader is ever on stage alone.

“The mo­ment when we dis­robe and thereby give the au­di­ence per­mis­sion to look at us is a pow­er­ful one and there’s an in­ex­pli­ca­ble magic to it.”

Skead said the naked women on stage dur­ing the read­ing have been de­scribed as “a liv­ing, breath­ing nude paint­ing” and that the show celebrates fe­male sen­su­al­ity rather than dis­sect­ing and scan­dal­is­ing it.

“Naked Girls Read­ing sounds a bit like story time for adults, but in re­al­ity it is per­for­mance art, it’s a cel­e­bra­tion and a chal­lenge.”

She added that it also en­cour­ages peo­ple to read and to con­sider it as an in­tel­li­gent and sexy pas­time.

The cast, which in­cludes Hayleigh Evans as Miss Lola Banks, Siki Kunene who plays Miss Soul Ink, Page Lotze as Miss Page and Mamello Se­jake as Miss Tswana Hip­pie, are all women who em­brace their bod­ies.

See it at the PopArt Theatre at 8pm to­day and to­mor­row, while Sun­day’s read­ing will be at 3.30pm.

Tick­ets are R120 online at www.popart­cen­tre.co.za or R130 at the door.

PIC­TURE: PHILLIP SAN­TOS

EM­BRAC­ING THEIR NAKEDNESS: The Naked Girls Read­ing play per­formed by Hayleigh Evans, left, as Miss Lola Banks, Siki Kunene as Miss Soul Ink, Page Lotze as Miss Page and Mamello Se­jake as Miss Tswana Hip­pie.

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