Gender Bender 2018 - Talks and Performances

Gender Bender 2018 © Ladyfingers Co.

Wed, 22.08.2018 -
Sat, 25.08.2018

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore

What influence does gender have on sexuality? Why is sports mainly a man's world? How does a feminist agenda influence the performing arts?
Those are just some of the leading questions at Gender Bender 2018:

August 22, 7 p.m.
Learning the positions: Love, Sex and Feminism
Filmmaker and writer Paromita Vohra talks to Nisha Susan, editor of The Ladies Finger, about the triplets that should never be separated- love, sex and feminism. What has feminism got to do with doing 'it', aka sex?  Is love equal to sex? Why is love political? How to have sex like a feminist?
Answers to these vital, viral questions in a rollicking conversation, ably illustrated by video, art and Instagram.

August 23, 7 p.m.
Talking Sport: Why should boys have all the fun?
Over nearly 30 years, Sharda Ugra looked for and found her place in the hyper-masculine world of sports journalism, breaking through this final frontier in 1989, with no other women for company. Writer and historian Ramachandra Guha will talk to ESPNcricinfo &'s senior editor Ugra about reporting on sports, working with alpha male cricketers on their memoirs and analyzing the inner workings of the sports world, and navigating what was (is) essentially a man's world. The talk will be illustrated with images that form Ugra's career milestones.

August 24, 7 p.m.
An evening of Lavani: A presentation by Kali Billi Productions
Music, dance, songs and stories - this performance brings a contemporary context to the traditional dance form of Lavani. It combines multiple narratives, including old traditional Lavani songs which are either unknown or forgotten. Risque, provocative and sensual, this dance drama presentation is captivating in many ways.

August 25, 7 p.m.
A Feminist Lens on Performing Arts
A conversation on working in the field of performing arts with a feminist agenda between Franziska Werner, artistic director of Sophiensaele, Berlin, and Kirtana Kumar, actor, director, dramaturg and film-maker, Bangalore.

Gender Bender is a joint project of the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan and Sandbox Collective. The project is conceived, conceptualised, and curated by Sandbox Collective.

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