Katie Ka Vang’s new play draws from two different dimensions: her Hmong roots and the formative influences of Bollywood films from India she watched growing up. She shares “I discovered that most of what is seen in Bollywood still comes from a heteronormative perspective, which is why it is so important that in this production process and this iteration of Hmong Bollywood, we include lgbtqa voices to change our dynamic in how we work in the rehearsal room and as we continue creating the piece.”
Hmong Bollywood, a Pangea World Theater production is an example of how gender and sexuality continue to be integrated into their global multicultural approach. Pangea shows typically offer lots of food for thought on the notion of identity. With Hmong Bollywood, Vang puts forth how growing up as an immigrant, the Bollywood images opened her to ways of being beyond the white norm one is compelled to with the bulk of commercial American films.
Through Mar. 24
Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls.