Dancing Qweens is a new work by choreographer and drag artist James Welsby (Valerie Hex) exploring 50 years of queer dance history channeled into a highly interactive and surreal experience of queer bodies in motion. ‘Same-sex ballroom’, ‘waacking,’ ‘voguing,’ and ‘heels’ are styles that have informed this kaleidoscopic take on history that ultimately inquires into the future of queer dance.
To accompany the season of Dancing Qweens, James Welsby and Dancehouse have curated a public program of workshops, conversations and queer dance classes open to everyone.
Choreography & Performance: James Welsby/Valerie Hex
Collaborators & Performance: Rolly, “Mad Fox” Maggie, Ally Cat, Joel Bray
Lighting designer: Sarah Platts
Costume designer: Tristan Seebhom
James Welsby is a producer, choreographer and performer with a decade of professional experience in contemporary dance and queer performance. He graduated from the VCA School of Dance in 2007 and in 2008 founded Phantom Limbs (winner ‘Best Dance’ Melbourne Fringe 2013 and ‘Melbourne Festival Discovery Award’). He has performed for numerous companies (Taylor Mac, Finucane and Smith, BRIEFS,) and independent choreographers (Martin Del Amo, Luke George, and Cadi McCarthy). James is the founder and artistic director of critically acclaimed cult cabaret YUMMY, which has been presented in multiple festivals and continues to tour internationally.