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In the Wings with Gender Mystic (4/23/2011) - Part II

The Asian Art Museum in association with the New Conservatory Theatre Center present Indonesia's popular dancer/choreographer and comedian Didik Nini Thowok in a demonstration about his new work entitled "Gender Mystic" to be presented at the New Conservatory Theater April 21--24. Didik uses masks and dance forms from different Asian traditions to embody different characters, moods, and contemporary ideas with comic strength. He is one of the few remaining Indonesian dancers today who explores transgender culture and its historical connection with mystical practices in Indonesia. According to one scholar, Didik "carries on a venerable tradition of Javanese female impersonation by a male dancer. His study of cross-gender performance throughout Asia and the world fuels his playful, modern performance, presented in solo mask dances that combine mysterious androgyny and comic sexual impersonation." (Laurie Margot Ross, Asian Theater Journal) For more information on Didik, visit: http://www.didikninithowok.info/
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