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Session: Spectrum of Choice : online theatrical performance

Type: Other Formats

‘Spectrum of Choice’ - a theater production focused on gender and sexuality, the constraints around these issues in Bangladeshi society, and how we all navigate and bypass these barriers to discover our own selves. The production is based on a collection of real stories and experiences faced by women, men, and other identities of Bangladeshis. The online show seeks to acknowledge all the lives lived around us, to learn to give and claim space for the diversity of choices, and to love and accept without prejudice.

SOC was a collaborative production of Bonhishikha with Mondro, an online queer archive in Bangladesh documenting stories and creative products from the queer community in the country.
The session will have excerpts from the original version of the show, highlighting some of the more poignant pieces/stories. Followed by an interactive session with the audience to talk about the issues we are trying to highlight - the ability to understand and negotiate one's own sexuality in the socioeconomic spaces that Bangladeshis grow up in; being able to challenge gendered norms and the different forms of violence you face in the current heteronormative and patriarchal societies that we live in.

Presenters

Chenoa Chowdhury (she/her)

Social Activist

Chenoa originally from Australia, has called Dhaka home for 10 years with her Bangladeshi husband, 3 children, dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits and birds. She has sat on the boards of the various women’s associations , and over the years , tirelessly raised funds for grass roots disadvantaged women’s and children’s organisations. Chenoa has been involved with Bonhishikha since 2016, performing, writing and co-organising performance platforms, including this year's Spectrum of Choice. She is a staunch advocate for the LGBTQI community, gender equality and equality for all.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coconuttynoa/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chenoa.chowdhury

Tanveer Anoy (they/them)

Founder, Mondro

Tanveer Anoy is a Bangladeshi queer author, archivist, and human rights activist. Anoy has provided leadership and edited several queer print productions. As a writer, Anoy tries to address critical sociopolitical issues such as gender binary, bullying, and religious violence. Anoy is the founder of ‘Mondro', a Bangladeshi non-profit, volunteer-based queer cultural organization, and the first-largest Queer archive. The organization aims to contribute to Queer historical and ongoing gender and sexual diversity social movement by testifying to Queer existence and struggle in the region.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tanveerhanoy

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tanveeranoy/

Shakil Ahmed (he/him)

Performer, Spectrum of Choice

Shakil Ahmed is an educator, futurist and storyteller and part of the leadership team at Acumen Academy Bangladesh. In 2019, he has been recognized as a Young Global Changer at the Global Solutions Summit in Berlin and as a Joseph Jaworksi Next Generation Foresight Practitioner by the School of the International Futures.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shakattack84/

Tasaffy Hossain (she/her)

Founder/Coordinator of Bonhishikha - unlearn gender

Tasaffy Hossain is a development professional and an advocate for human and gender rights, currently working with a project working on women's political empowerment in the local governance space. She is the founder of Bonhishikha - unlearn gender, which works towards a society where everyone is accepted irrespective of their gender: where they are given equal choice and right to opportunities. In her feminist utopia, Tasaffy imagines a world without gender -where what you look like, how you are treated and what role you play is not determined by the sex organ that you are born with. Every individual should be just another human being, not one specific identity that you are boxed into.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unlearngender