The many incidents of sexual harassment and discrimination were depicted through a dance performance titled, Dohon – Burning, at EMK Center recently. Choreographed by Tahnun Ahmedy, the performance featured five young dancers, Anandita Khan, Bristi Bepari, Hritisha Akta, Tasmia Tabassum Protity and Suraiya Islam Ria.
A rope-like white cloth with blood stains surrounded the dancers in the beginning of the performance, indicating how women are shackled by the chains of patriarchy in their everyday lives. With a mixture of dance forms including Kathak, Bharatanatyam, folk and contemporary, the girls told their own stories.
The platform gave these women an opportunity to take a stand against harassment, discrimination and patriarchy, with their voices played along with the music in the background, which allowed for an emotional atmosphere.
“The dancers were very expressive on stage,” said Ahmedy. “I am very happy with their performance. They only rehearsed for nine days. They pulled it off within a very short time.”