9 MAY. 2020 - 7PM (PST)
A mentorship opportunity for Indigenous, Indigiqueer, 2spirit and queer folx in burlesque, drag or other types of cabaret performance, followed by performances on May 9, 2020 at 7pm PST.
This show is free! You want to support? Follow Gwaandak Theatre and Queer Yukon on social media, and share this event with your friends!
We hope this event to bring together our Indigenous and queer community in a shared experience, at a time when community connection is needed more than ever.
Sparkle Plenty is Vancouver's glamedian, weirdlesquer and word-maker-upper who has been delivering beautifully bizarre burlesque acts for over 10 years! This fiery goddess is Cree with mixed heritage and is a proud sister of the first ever all Indigenous burlesque group, Virago Nation. You can find her teasing and emceeing with the Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society as well as on stages all over Vancouver, Toronto, Las Vegas and more. Sparkle has been invited as a featured performer in burlesque festivals in Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton as well as queer and Indigenous arts festivals throughout the city.
RainbowGlitz is one of Virago’s Nations founding members and Vancouver's Rainbow slut that spreads her love medicine in a mix of classic, nerdlesque, exotic dance and pussy cat doll hip hop movement. This Haida, Squamish, musqueam and black artist will leave you wanting to throw your pot of gold at the end of her rainbow.
“Mover, Shaker, Mischief Maker; the Furiously Flirtatious Force of Nature”
2Spirit Gitxsan artist and activist Shane Sable has slayed stages all over Vancouver in front of and behind the scenes since 2011. Shane has an abiding hunger for audience engagement and delights in the tension created by breaking the 4th wall of burlesque. Shane is the convening member of Virago Nation - Turtle Island’s first all-indigenous burlesque collective and Festival Administrator for the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival.
Mavis Vontresse is a self-proclaimed Granny Chic Supermodel of the World! She likes long walks on the beach and deep fried pickles. Known for her show-stopping performances and Sunday-best runway looks, she is a Queen for the People serving “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of sassiness!” Not only is she gorgeous and intelligent, she's also kind...and humble. Her most notable credit, is when she played a body double on the set of the Wizard of Oz, standing in for one Judy Garland. When she isn't on-stage, Mavis can be seen doing crosswords from Tiger Beat Magazine or daydreaming about Marlon Brando. She is proud to represent Treaty 7 and Southern Alberta as she mentors aspiring Drag Monarchs.
Small in stature, large in heart, and with a Publicly-Funded Flat Chest, this performer twirls around the spectrum in search of the best parts of all genders, and a new flesh suit that doesn't hurt all the time. Disabled and ready to show you the wondrous abilities in their collection, Oliver Twirl will leave you begging for more.
Devery Bess has come a long way, having almost a decade of performance experience. Born and raised in Montreal they find themselves now based in Calgary AB. From beaches of Vancouver to the harbors of Halifax they have had the opportunity to wow and entertain crowds with their charisma, smooth moves, topped with the cheesiest of puns. They are only known as Devery Bess, and it’s a promise
Devery Bess has come a long way, having 9 years of performance experience and 15 years dance experience. Born and raised in Montreal they find themselves now based in Calgary AB. this international performer, has the title of Miss Twisted 2016 and has had opportunities of performing at many events, Such as World pride To, Interpride conferences, fierte Confrences, Vancouver pride, Vancouver dyke march, Calgary pride, Queen city pride, Ottawa pride, Toronto pride, Red deer pride, jasper pride, Femme Wave, Sexapolooza, Austin international drag Festival, Calgary international burlesque festival, Edmonton international burlesque festival, Cities Like New Orleans, Burlington, Montreal, Halifax, Shrebrooke, Golden, Nelson and many more, Hosts a Drag varity night a twisted element. As well As produces a monthly all ages show and Qtbipoc focused show called reverse racism. as well as one of the co founders of a production company called Ctrl Alt Drag.