Half Magic

Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

Asian Arts Initiative

 

Half Magic is the autobiographical story of a biracial white/South Asian child raised on stories of white heroes. Joseph Ahmed uses physical theater, storytelling, and circus techniques to explore the childhood narratives and social structures that led him to self-identify as white for most of his young life. What place is left in his Bengali heritage after a lifetime of white protagonists?

 

Created and performed by Joseph Ahmed

Directed by Mieke D

Prop Design by Sara Outing

 

First produced at Asian Arts Initiative for the New Asian Futurisms Closing Reception in December 2019 with production support by Cat Ramirez and Lindsay Drucker.

 

Developed through Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists Mini-Residency Program 2019-2021; filmed work-in-progress showing in July 2020.

Livestreamed as a workshop showing in the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival November 2020.

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Read Ani Gavino's review in thINKingDANCE of Half Magic at PAAFF:

"The Superpower of a Biracial Child"

Half Magic Trailer