Ball of Atlantis this weekend
This Saturday, 19 October, will see Liverpool’s eleventh annual House of Suarez Vogue Ball, the Ball of Atlantis, take place at Liverpool’s Invisible Wind Factory.
Strictly favourite Dr Ranj, UK RuPaul Drag Race ambassador and cast member The Vivienne, Vogue Legend Avi’ance Urrutia and leading fashion designer and expert Gordon Webber will be on the judging panel as this year’s theme celebrates all things nautical, with the fierce and fabulous Captain Rikki Beadle-Blair steering the event as Master of Ceremonies.
The House of Suarez Vogue Ball – where club culture meets high art – is a key event in Liverpool’s cultural calendar. Expect flamboyant and fantastical realisations of the Atlantis theme, as Houses from Holland and across the UK come together to compete for catwalk supremacy reminiscent of 1970s and ‘80s New York. Categories in contention at this year’s celebration of global vogue culture include: Fantasy, Solo, Lip Synch, Sex Siren and Choreography.
The Ball of Atlantis is part of an Atlantis Weekender kicking off on Friday 18th October, with an Elements of Vogue event at The Black E, Liverpool. This platform celebrates the up and coming voguers and dancers of the future. Groups of young performers from across the region and nationally will come together to perform alongside professional artists fusing vogue, commercial and contemporary dance pieces also inspired by the theme of Atlantis, paving the way for the excitement of the main event on Saturday night.
During the day on the Friday, special guest judge – Avi’ance Urrutia – will lead a masterclass from 5.30pm for ages 8+ at the Black E, teaching the fundamentals of Vogue, such as hand and new wave vogue dance styles.
Now in its 11th year, the Vogue Ball is run annually in Liverpool and more recently in Manchester by House of Suarez – the Liverpool based vogue dance Company run by dancer, teacher, choreographer and director Darren Suarez.
Darren said: “This year’s ball is bigger and brighter than ever featuring our fantastic line up of judges and brilliant competing dancers old and new, flamboyant costume designers and some of the best voguers and choreographers around who I know are going to pull out all the stops to be as outrageous and outstanding as possible. Liverpool is in for a real treat and I cannot wait for the weekender to begin.”
For tickets for all Atlantis weekender events, visit the House of Suarez website
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