Tickets for the extravaganza at Invisible Wind Factory are now on sale
Following the sell-out success of Night at the Poseum at World Museum last year, Vogue Ball returns to the Invisible Wind Factory on Saturday 22 October with a fabulous new theme - The Disco Ball: Got To Be Real-ness.
We’re returning to the disco era and reliving the glamour and camp frolics that were central to that movement.
Host Rikki Beadle-Blair takes us back to Studio 54 with a disco theme, the era of Hot Stuff and Coming Out that was Mighty Real, with the Houses coming together to deliver an extravaganza of costume, dance and fierce alter-egos.
House of Suarez was established by Darren Suarez in 2006 as a platform for Vogue dance and culture developing the choreography of the Vogue style. Suarez was the founder of the first Liverpool Vogue Ball event Liverpool is Burning as part of the programme for Capital of Culture in 2008.
Since then the HoS Vogue Ball has been produced independently in Liverpool and has grown to become one of the main cultural events in the city's calendar. In 2014, the HoS Ball was given the official “Legendary” title, an honour bestowed by the international Vogue dance community.
Ballroom culture began in the 1960s in New York’s black and latinx LGBTQ+ communities and was later popularised by the award winning documentary Paris Is Burning, Madonna’s iconic 1990 hit Vogue and, more recently, the Emmy-winning prime time series, Pose.
To compete, a group of artists (known as “Houses”) enter into one or more of the ball’s categories in front of a large audience and panel of judges.
Darren Suarez, founder of the House of Suarez, said, "We are really excited to be bringing back the Vogue Ball for 2022 to full capacity at the Invisible Wind Factory. We’re returning to the disco era and reliving the glamour and camp frolics that were central to that movement.
"We have conceived a double feature poster to commemorate the return of the "Realness" category. Everybody can walk in and be whoever you want to be and leave completely partied out! Be as real as you want to be!"
Darren added, "As Vogue Ball takes places during Black History Month, let’s not forget the origins of the movement. Voguing was born from the subcultural nightlife of 1960s Harlem, created by black and latino LGBTQ communities.
"Whilst Madonna popularised the dance in the 90s, and white gays have adopted it, we must acknowledge its forefathers and mothers."
The categories this year are Fantasy, Solo, Lip Sync, Sex Siren and Choreography. 2022 will also see the return of the Realness category in the guise of Disco Real-ness. In true House of Suarez fashion, the runway will be lit up with dancers and lip-syncs from the true icons of the 70s.
The ball will see the return of deaf, disabled and neuro-divergent House of Curio and Manchester-based House of Aurora, as well as the debut of East Asian House of Chan.
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