Sunday, January 9, 2011

Gender Mystic: Benefit for Rights of Passage Scheduled for April 2011

Didik Nini Thowok before a performance
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In Indonesia, transgender culture has existed for centuries and its proponents were considered healers, shamans and spiritual leaders. But in recent times this culture has become greatly diminished and in some parts of Indonesia dual gender performers have been persecuted, forced to conceal their identities and even killed. Didik Nini Thowok is one such performer who is anything but in the closet. Didik's courageous blend of classical dance, modern choreography and a signature comedic touch has earned him an international reputation that extends to several performances in the US.
The New Conservatory Theatre Center in association with the Asian Arts Museum of San Francisco is bringing Didik to San Francisco for four performances in April 2011, plus a special lecture/demonstration event at the Asian Art Museum. Didik's work is an especially good match to the spirit and content of Rights of Passage, our new play about LGBT equality around the globe.
Performances of Gender Mystic will be April 21, 22 and 23 at 8 pm and April 24 at 2pm at the New Conservatory Theatre Center. The Lecture/demonstration event will be April 23, at an afternoon time to be determined, at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Tickets will be available at

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