The Dancing Boys of Bacha Bazi

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The Dancing Boys of Bacha Bazi

Panel examines an ancient Afghan tradition in which young boys dress as women, dance for wealthy warlords and are frequently prostituted to the highest bidder.

Friday, August 9, 2013
4:30pm-6:00pm
Haldeman 41 (Kreindler Conference Hall)
Intended Audience(s): Public
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In Bacha Bazi (Boy Play), playwright Gabriel Jason Dean and director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar examine an ancient Afghan tradition in which young boys dress as women, dance for wealthy warlords and are frequently prostituted to the highest bidder. A week before the play’s New York Theatre Workshop in-progress reading at the Hop, Dean and Iskandar join Dartmouth Associate Professor of Geography Jennifer Fluri and Afghanistan scholar Rachel Lehr to delve into the realities and misconceptions of a tradition that poses a challenge for Western moral sensibilities.

 

This event is co-sponsored by the Dickey Center for International Understanding and the Hopkins Center for the Arts

 

 

 

Free and open to the public. 

Sponsored by the Dickey Center for International Understanding and the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

For more information, contact:
Sharon Tribou-St. Martin
603.646.9753

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.