Roopbaan Reimagined: A Dragqueen from the Future

Sun, Nov 3rd 2019 at 2:00 PM EST · By Asian Arts Initiative
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Sun, Nov 3rd 2019 at 2:00 PM EST
Sun, Nov 3rd 2019 at 4:00 PM EST
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine St
Philadelphia PA, 19107
Event Details

Transdisciplinary artist and cultural producer Ali Asgar investigates traditional South Asian gender performativity through the popular Bengali folktale, Roopbaan. An iconic symbol of ambiguous desire, the titular heroine Roopbaan has been reclaimed to express marginal queer experiences of the Bangladeshi LGBTQ community. Through their new performance installation project, Asgar has reimagined Roopbaan as a futuristic drag queen to create a spectacle at the intersection of gender, desire, and fantasy.

Born in 1991, Bangladesh; Ali Asgar is a transdisciplinary artist and cultural producer. As a performance maker and cultural organizer, Ali Asgar utilizes body, space and personal narrative (archive/language/history and identity) to create political, site responsive and community base cross-disciplinary collaborations to transform and reread the pre-existing forms and dimensions of space and social events.

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