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Continuing its 30 year tradition, The WTCI celebrates influential leaders at INDWELLING. The program includes performances and a Speakout, a forum for people to find their individual voices and share experiences. This year’s Indwelling honorees Benaifer Bhadha and Shubha will perform in the original work, Middles.

MIDDLES

What does it mean to be in the middle? To never have arrived? And what is the consequence of needing to always conclude our stories? As women especially, we are told that to be worthy of being seen we must have a conclusion, an end-point, a decision, a destination. Our day, our lives, our stories, and our selves have to get wrapped-up neatly: the day we get married or divorced; the day we become mothers or do not; the day we choose our final careers; the day we decide our gender, our sexuality; the day we survived, recovered, or began to thrive; the day we die. But if we were allowed to, we would see that the middle is endless; it’s where we experience the simple complexity that we always are being. The pressure for destinations, for end-points, for completed narrative arcs, shuts down our ability to keep feeling a myriad of emotions, ambivalence, uncertainty, and change well after we have supposedly arrived. Through telling stories of our own lives, and of nurturing the stories of others, we will demonstrate that story-telling is not, in fact, about sharing common themes and narratives, but it’s to give permission over and over again to love, hate, and embrace the reality of middles.


Benaifer Bhadha is a Queer Parsi storyteller, educator and clinical social worker. She earned her Masters degrees in International Affairs and in Social Work from Columbia University and is the co-director of “Two Women Talking” and “YKR”, two activism performances that explore belonging, identity and gender oppression. For the last 10 years she has worked in the field of advocacy, using storytelling and listening to explore the healing and transformation that comes from narrating your own story. Her work with marginalized groups in the United States, Australia, East and Southern Africa, South Asia and Eastern Europe gives her a deep understanding of issues experienced by different cultures and ethnicities as they intersect with gender identity, race, religion, sexuality, and disability. In addition to her work experience, her own identity as a queer South Asian woman has influenced her life tremendously and is foundational to her desire to create inclusive and safe spaces for others. Benaifer grew up between the sea-face of Bombay and the cliff sides of England and is one of ~190,000 Zoroastrians in the world and, yes, she is pretty proud of it!

Shubha
identifies as an Indo-Canadian queer artist who tells stories through performance, writing, and visual art. Their writing and visual art has been published in Off The Coast, inkt|art, and Ego the Mag, among other literary magazines, and they have exhibited at BRN GRL SPK’s “This Is My Home (Too)”. They have performed at Greenlight Bookstore, the 92Y, and Sakhi’s annual Gender Justice and the Arts Showcase, among other venues. Shubha is an alum of the graphic novel program at Voices Of Our Nation (VONA). Shubha has also nurtured the story-telling of others through being a co-director of the community-led production YKR - storytelling by South Asian and Indo-Caribbean people - and through founding Kalyani Magazine, a literary magazine that was devoted to the voices of women and gender non-binary people of color. Currently Shubha produces a podcast called A TheyThem Journey which explores the impact of binaries on themselves, and is creating artistic quilts that explore identity, gender, and home. Learn more at sbartist.org

--Poetry by Abigail Sylvor Greenberg

-- Speak Out

-- Indwelling is followed by a reception.

Registration: Seating is on a first come basis on-site.

General, $30 / students, $15 Send-A-Sister Donation $25. New School students (with current ID): free.

All are welcome; no ticket purchase is required, and you can pre-register selecting a donation amount that is comfortable for your circumstance. Underwritten tickets are available. Contact wtcinyc@mac.com.

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