Teesri Dhun | “The Third Tune”
Documentary theater on transgender struggles in Pakistan
based on research funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Directed by ISM Fellow Claire Pamment and Olomopolo Media’s Iram Sana
Actors: Naghma Gogi, Neeli Rana, Jannat Ali, Anaya Malik
Four transgender performers from Pakistan take over the Marquand Chapel to share their experiences of being neither man nor woman, in a search for God, love and identity. Through music, dance and storytelling, this documentary theater unfolds narratives of history, separation, desire and celebration as our characters jostle for a third space in a polarized gendered world.
Teesri Dhun is based on research by Shahnaz Khan and Claire Pamment and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. First staged at Lahore Arts Council in 2015 and produced by Olomopolo Media, it now visits the USA with the support of Yale ISM.
Languages: Urdu, Punjabi with English surtitles
Presented with support from Performance Studies Working Group and Interdisciplinary Performance Studies at Yale