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Free Ball

Kiki Dévine and House of Dévine

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House of Dévine at Melbourne Fashion Week (2021). Photo by Liana Hardy Long Story Short.
11 December 2021
5—10pm

Sylvia Staheli Theatre, Dancehouse

Spectator: $20
Mob Tix: $15

Mob Tix are exclusively for anyone that self-identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

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Melbourne’s iconic Voguing house, House of Dévine brings Free Ball to Dancehouse, where the prize is equality and equal pay. This ball flips traditional ballroom prize culture on its head as fifteen voguers compete but all get equal pay. Across three categories, these QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Colour) will dip, tag-team and embody ideas of freedom rooted in their lived experience. Featuring special guests Billy Iman, Mother Miri Silky and more, this is the Queer event you have been waiting for.

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Kiki Dévine is a performance artist, choreographer and an emerging arts manager based in Naarm, Australia. Kiki’s practice is focused on continuing the growth of the New York Ballroom culture and exploring its intersection with the dance culture and ethnic cultures within Australia. Born in the Philippines and migrated to so called Australia in 2010, Kiki explored various street dance styles since their resettlement leading to their full time arts venture in Ballroom. Currently, Kiki is the mother of House of Dévine and the pioneering mother of the Naarm Ballroom scene and member of the major Vogue house, House of Oricci.

The noble House of Deviné (HoD), a queer collective and family of artists, is known for creating safe spaces for QTBIPOC to thrive in, often through mentoring, training, performing and hosting inclusive events. The ballroom house, led by house mother Kiki Dévine, consists 14 POC queer and trans individuals, together creating inclusive spaces and facilitating pathways for the LGBTQIA+ community. Currently HoD continues to create Balls focusing on the intersections of the New York Ballroom culture with the queer social culture of so called Australia, including their Housewarming Ball in 2019, funded by City of Melbourne’s Signal.

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