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Institute of Sacred Music: Teesri Dhun “The Third Tune”

  • Marquand Chapel 409 Prospect Street New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)

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.