Do. 14.12.2023, 18.15 Uhr, Brechtbau-Theater, Wilhelmstraße 30, Tübingen

Art Performance „Just Breathe“
This is a one-woman performance art piece that deals with the processes of conditioning, molding, confinement etc. that we are all subject to and trauma that can be part of this experience. It shows the embodied process of being in this state and slowly emerging out of it – a process that can be experienced as healing. The play brings together the performer’s autobiographical expression together with stories of queer folks and others with regards to social norms, the experience of being forced into them and the processes by which we emerge from them with collective movements, spaces and tools that help and hold us. The play is experiential with voice and body leading the way, with no speech or words of any kind.

Talk and Discussion “Queer Movements in India and Sri Lanka: History and Contemporary Reality from the Frontlines”

Dr. Ponni Arasu is a Tamil, queer feminist researcher, performer, activist, teacher, legal practitioner, translator and expressive arts therapist based in Batticaloa in Eastern Sri Lanka. Hailing from Chennai in South India she has been part of movements for justice and peace in different parts of India and Sri Lanka for the past twenty years including being part of the successful campaign to decriminalise homosexuality in India. She is currently a Global Encounters Fellow affiliated to the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Tuebingen. In this talk she will give insights into the history and contemporary challenges of queer movements on India and Sri Lanka. The talk will be held in English, questions can be asked in both German and English.

Queerness in Indien und Sri Lanka – Performance „Breathe“ und Vortrag „Queer Movements in India and Sri Lanka: History and Contemporary Reality from the Frontlines“Queerness in Indien und Sri Lanka –