The Notorious Kiki Ball
- 27.05.2023, 6.00 pmAdmission: 15 €
with mit Magia Marciano, Mandhla Laveaux, Zion Bodega, Roberto Angels, Murmaid Asiah, Juicy Couture, Panama and many more
The Frankfurt ballroom community “anybody walking?!” and the Tanzplattform Rhein-Main invite you to the great hall of the Mousonturm to celebrate voguing, ballroom culture and music as a self-empowerment of queer, non-binary and trans* people of colour. We begin late in the morning on the rehearsal stages with workshops for the community, then offer space in the foyer and on the terrace to sit, eat, drink and chat, before moving on to the Kiki Ball, the dance highlight of the ballroom scene, after a talk with invited guests. Participating artists from the region and international stars compete in 11 categories for beginners and advanced participants:
Hands vs. Arms
Com vs. Com
Judges: Roberto Angels, Zion Bodega, Asiah Juicy Couture, Mandhla Laveaux, agia Marciano, DJ: Ceekay Juicy Couture, MC (Moderation): Ocean Louboutin
In addition to the ticketing, participants who want to run with us should also register via firstname.lastname@example.org
Free entry for trans* members of the Ballroom Community: Please register by 15 May via email@example.com.
4.30 pm: Panel Talk with Mandhla, Murmaid Asiah, Magia and Panama (moderated by Sām Sabor).
After-show party with GG VYBE
Cast & Credits
Overall European Mother Zion Bodega
German Mother Mandhla Laveaux
Founding Swiss Mother Asiah Juicy Couture
German Mother Magia Marciano
Dutch Overseer Roberto Angels
International Mother Alex Juicy Couture (MC) (tbc)
Ceekay Juicy Couture (DJ)
Ein Projekt im Rahmen der Tanzplattform Rhein-Main. Die Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, ein Projekt von Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm und Hessischem Staatsballett, wird ermöglicht durch den Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain und gefördert vom Kulturamt der Stadt Frankfurt am Main, dem Hessischen Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst und der Stiftungsallianz [Aventis Foundation, BHF BANK Stiftung, Crespo Foundation, Hans Erich und Marie Elfriede Dotter-Stiftung, Dr. Marschner Stiftung, Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main].
The initiative “anybody walking?!” was founded in 2018 under the original name “Voguing in Hessen” and has since cultivated a local ballroom scene in Hessen and the surrounding area. In addition to regular meetings and trainings, it actively contributes to passing on the arts of ballroom by organising workshops in collaboration with local dance schools and with renowned, national and international artists of the ballroom community, such as Arturo Mugler, Diva Ivy Balenciaga or Georgina Leo Saint Laurent. Over the years, members have participated in countless balls across Europe and overseas. As the local community in Frankfurt has grown, they have been able to organise smaller events (practice balls) as well as last year’s first Kiki Ball in Frankfurt. anybody walking?! cooperates with local organisations and initiatives such as LLL e.V., the feminist DJ collective GG VYBE and the Frankfurt artists’ collective c.c.bb.069. They also act as speakers for ballroom and queer culture in the Frankfurt area.
What is Ballroom Culture
Ballroom emerged in the early 1970s in Harlem, New York. Marginalised by the dominant white and heterosexual society, Black and Latinx people from the LGBTIQ+ community came together in so-called ballrooms – spaces where they could feel safe – and formed surrogate families (so-called houses), danced and performed playfully with, for and against each other.
The pop-cultural exploitation of voguing, which regularly leads to its equation with ballroom, met with criticism from the ballroom scene from the very beginning. Voguing, a dynamic dance style with posing elements, emerged in the late 80s in the Harlem ballroom community and gained greater popularity in the 90s through the award-winning documentary “Paris is Burning”.