Teesri Dhun

by Devised production, directed by Claire Pamment (ISM) and Iram Sana (Olompolo Media, Lahore)

A documentary theatre on transgender struggles in Pakistan

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Pakistan's transgender communities, known as khwajasaras (hijras) were declared a criminal tribe in the nineteenth century by British colonial laws. Despite a recent Supreme Court victory through which khwajasaras have been recognized as a distinct gender identity, they continue to be highly marginalized. Khwajasaras resistance to dominant heteronormativity has often utilized their vibrant cultural traditions – from badhai performances of dancing, singing and issuing irreverent repartee in wedding and birth ceremonies to spiritual roles at Sufi shrines. Teesri Dhun, performed by an all transgender cast from Pakistan, draws from the community’s culturally embedded practices, to unfold moving narratives of history, separation, love, desire, celebration and loss to further jostle for a third space.

First staged in Lahore in March 2015, Teesri Dhun will be recreated at Yale 23-24 April 2016 with the support of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.

In addition to production staff roles, we are interested in casting one male and one female for voice work. Please contact Claire Pamment at claire.pamment@yale.edu for more details.
Contact the Show
at claire.pamment@yale.edu
Performances
April 23 at 8:00pm
April 24 at 8:00pm
@ TBD
Reservations
Show no longer running
Patrons should arrive at the theater 15 minutes before the performance to claim their reservation. At the scheduled performance time, patrons will be let in off of the waitlist based on when they signed up on the YDC website. Patrons with reservations arriving after this time will be treated as if they are at the top of the waitlist. Please see the full policy here.
Cast
Production Staff
DirectorClaire Pamment
DirectorIram Sana

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