Fazle Shairmahomed is a performance artist and dancer, who mainly creates decolonizing rituals, in which he transforms the relationship with the spectator, and challenges understandings of inter-sensoriality. Often he refers to problematics concerned with the politicization of his body as a Dutch Surinamese-Hindustani Muslim queer man. This experienced reality creates an urgency that shapes his artistic choices leading to themes such as death, rebirth, ancestry, belonging, colonial histories, and healing. Since 2013 he is also one of the members of CLOUD danslab, an artist run dance studio which supports research and practice of dance, movement, and performance art in the Hague.
Fazle studied (MA) Cultural and Social Anthropology (2012) and (BA) Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies (2010) at the University of Amsterdam, University of Leiden, and Nederlands-Vlaams Instituut in Cairo, Egypt (NVIC). He combined both studies and designed an individual program at different universities, which allowed him to specialize in questions of belonging, identity, and home. Eventually he specialized in Bosnia-Herzegovina in a period of research of 4 years, with a thesis about counter-discursive practices in the context of everyday social and cultural life among activist youngsters, titled ‘A tradition re-approached: social relations and belonging’ on urbane people in Bijeljina, Republika Sprska, Bosnia-Herzegovina . During his BA he specialized more in the Palestinian-Israeli question, and Islam in contemporary societies.
During his studies Fazle initiated and engaged in various social, cultural and political initiatives, such as Youth Education for Development and Rights Awareness (YEDRA), Amnesty International Studentgroup, and political student organization LVS (Lijst Vooruitstrevende Studenten). He also started dancing in Cairo with Palestinian Dabke, and continued in the Netherlands with modern dance, improvisation, Butoh, Body Weather, contemporary whirling dance, Axis Syllabus, and Vogueing.