Watch the premier of a new documentary about the Kiki Ball scene in Dallas. Following the screening, join director Devin Hulsey and cast members for a Q&A. This event is presented by United Black Ellument, and is part of the Dallas Arts District Pride Party+ celebration.
Weekly, local Kiki house members get together for extravagant competitions known as balls: joyous, raucous affairs where house members go toe-to-toe for trophies and cash prizes in a series of runway competitions and performance-art battles.
Life can be tough for LGBTQ youth of color, who are frequent targets of racial discrimination and harassment. In the face of life’s challenges, members of the Kiki scene turn to one another for support, forging a surrogate-family structure that promises radical acceptance.
Ballroom culture is best known for the voguing dance style. What many outsiders may not immediately take away is that voguing is more than a form of expression. When one steps onto the floor to compete, he, she, or they are selling their true self—a unique identity in a heteronormative world that does not fully understand or accept them. In that moment, for that one night, they vogue and they strut to relieve themselves from the often-harsh realities society places on people who are different than the conventional norms.
This event is free but reservations are required.