Nahid Siddiqui – Surrey Muse

Nahid Siddiqui is a classical Kathak dancer, choreographer and mentor who lives and works in Pakistan and England. Her organization, Nahid Siddiqui & Company was established in 1991, and since then it has presented 16 master-class productions earning various awards and distinctions around the world including Pakistan’s Pride Of Performance. Nahid’s most valuable contribution is to evolve her own expression and style infusing new themes in a classical dance. Her exploration and infusion of Sufianic thoughts and words within the context of kathak has brought this traditional dance to a new level of excellence. Nahid has introduced Kathak in the curriculum of the University of Surrey (UK) and other educational institutions by making it accessible through performances and educational outreach programs such as workshops, master classes and residencies. Her work has received support from West Midlands Arts Board and Arts Council of England. Her most recent production was presented at the Royal Ballet. Nahid learned her art from Maharaj Ghulam Hussain Kathak and Pandit Birju Maharaj.

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At the October 22, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Nahid will be the Featured Performer. More about the event is here: friday-oct-22

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Morgan – Surrey Muse

Morgan (ze/zim) is a Jewish non-binary writer, photographer and filmmaker born and raised on unceded mi’kmaq territory in Halifax NS. Ze started making films in high school, zirs first screening was at VIEWfinders International Festival for youth. Morgan went on to participate in Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative’s one minute film program, shooting and cutting on 16mm, and in 2012 became the OUTeast film festival’s Artists In Residence while working on a documentary about Halifax’s drag families. After earning a BA Honours in Anthropology and Gender Studies with a minor in Film from Dalhousie University ze moved to the Coast Salish territories (Vancouver) to pursue filmmaking. Morgan’s latest film ‘Enby’ has screened at Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF), InsideOut Toronto, and it will make its international premiere at the Harvey Milk Festival. Morgan’s work explores intersecting identities through uncertainty, grief and dark humour. Ze is currently writing for PedalStreet and developing zir next project Inch by inch. 

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At the September 24, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Morgan will be the Featured Performer. More about the event is here: friday-sept-24

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Queer Conversations – Surrey Muse

Queer Conversations is an initiative to create safe spaces for members of the LGBTQ+ communities world-wide to discuss various issues pertaining to life, and to share how situations and experiences may be different, and similar. At this time, this series is presented as part of Surrey Muse virtual gatherings but there is a strong possibility for it to come on its own as a vlog/blog and/or a virtual/IRL event. This first instalment is a 20-minute video titled ‘Queer Conversations (1) – Pakistan’ that was recorded in 2019 in Lahore by the Queer Feminist Documentary Collective, an online group created ‘to document queer participation in the Aurat (woman) March and look at young old queer mentorship’ and ‘how young queer folks are experiencing being queer and how they are relating to older queers.’ The discussion was organized and led by Sarah Suhail, a queer feminist and one of Pakistan’s Women Heroes for being a courageous activist to have nurtured her communities over years. Thank you, Sarah.

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At the July 23, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Sarah Suhail will appear in Queer Conversations. More about the event is here: friday-july-23

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Mohammed Hanif – Surrey Muse

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Mohammed Hanif is a novelist, journalist and a screenwriter who has published three novels including ‘A Case of Exploding Mangoes’ (2008), his debut title, on the exploding death of Pakistan’s General Ziaul Haq that won Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize in 2008 and Commonwealth Book Prize in 2009. Other titles include ‘Our Lady of Alice Bhatti’ (2011, won Wellcome Book Prize), and ‘Red Birds’ (2018). Mohammed also wrote feature film ‘The Long Night’ (2002), and stage play ‘The Dictator’s Wife’ (2008) presented at Hampstead Theatre. His writings have been published by numerous publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, Herald, and Newsline. At this time, Mohammed is writing ‘Bhutto’, an opera named after the hanged Prime Minister of Pakistan.

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At the June 25, 2021 gathering of Surrey Muse, Mohammed Hanif will be the Featured Author. More about the event is here: friday-june-25/

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Maggie Tomaszewski – Surrey Muse

Maggie Tomaszewski is an actor, writer and media producer who insists on defining herself as a ‘writer who occasionally acts and directs’. She has made short comedic videos using multiple skills such as screenwriting, set design, wardrobe, direction, acting, and production. in addition, she’s ‘a friend to animals and yells at maskless people in stores’, and, she would ‘very much like to see the end of the white supremacist patriarchal capitalist military prison industrial entertainment complex in her lifetime.’

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At the February 26 gathering of Surrey Muse, Maggie will be the Featured Open Mic Presenter. More about the event is here: february-26-2021

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