Sissy Ball

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A dancer with long dreadlocks and fishnet undergarments under ripped black jeans is throwing a massive dance move as an audience either side reacts.
Photograph: Ann-Marie Calihanna

Time Out says

Experience the fabulous phenomena of vogueing at this fierce competitive event conjuring the underground ballroom scene

After two remarkable sell-out years, Sydney’s own pre-eminent vogue battle returns for Mardi Gras season – and this time it takes over the Enmore Theatre, shining a spotlight on Asia Pacific’s thriving ballroom scene. 

Curated by House of Slé mother Bhenji Ra with appearances by international vogue stars and a soundtrack by renowned ballroom DJs, Sissy Ball is a throbbing party influenced by the high-spirited history of New York’s underground ballroom scene. 

Vogue battles – think of it as a duelling dance-off with an excess of sass – are a celebration of identity, fluidity, attitude and turning a fierce look. Ballroom culture can be felt resonating across all artforms – and yes, it came before the hit Madonna song from 1990. The closest you’ll get to walking onto the set of Pose and a huge celebration of the talented queer performers we have down under, Sissy Ball could well be the coolest thing you’ll see at Mardi Gras. It goes down on Saturday, February 22, and tickets start at $76. 

 


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