Jul 16, 2020
Burlesque troupe Virago Nation are on a mission to reclaim Indigenous sexuality
"You can expect to see amazing array of different styles, pushing the envelope of the art we call burlesque," RainbowGlitz tells CBC Arts. "We are all leaving not only our hearts but our own individual point of view on Indigenous sexuality. Get ready for the heart, power and super talent of this amazing group of Indigenous burlesque artists."
Jul 13, 2020
Queer Arts Festival Brings Too Spritied Indigenous Burlesque | VIRAGO NATION TO WICKED 2020
“It’s not just that we’re providing representation for Indigenous people, it’s that we’re further providing representation for Indigenous people who don’t identify with the colonial binary of sexual identity.”
Jul 10, 2020
All-Indigenous Burlesque Show Moves Online and We're Here For It
“We want people to enjoy themselves,” says Plenty. “This isn’t a Ted Talk—we are so used to talking about trauma, which is very much a part of being Indigenous, but we also want to celebrate our resilience and our joy and our art.”
Jun 05, 2018
VIRAGO NATION BARES THEIR IDENTITIES
Shane Sable is one part of the fearless Indigenous burlesque group Virago Nation, and she firmly gives her opinions surrounding colonization, feminism and sex work in a new interview in the June Discorder.
May 18, 2018
Native America Calling
The artistic expression of Indigenous sexuality
The members of the all-Indigenous burlesque group, Virago Nation, say they’re on “a mission to reclaim Indigenous sexuality from the toxic effects of colonization.” They recently performed at Vancouver’s all Indigenous art and performance event, Talking Stick Festival and they are part of the upcoming Dancing Into the Light – a Women’s Weekend. They’re among a number of artists incorporating Indigenous touches to express sexuality in creative ways.
Feb 20, 2018
West-coast all-Indigenous burlesque group destroys stereotypes with their performances
Vancouver-based Virago Nation engages burlesque performance as a tool of reclamation. It’s through rematriating Indigenous sexuality and identity that community building, workshops, and performance are able to interrogate the racist, oppressive structures of colonization.
Feb 17, 2018
Loose Lips Magazine
Virago Nation Heats Up Talking Stick Festival
For a festival that lauds taking ownership of Indigenous identity, Indigifemme was the perfect introduction to Talking Stick Festival.
Oct 13, 2017
Indigenous burlesque troupe upends stereotypes on stage
Sparkle Plenty met with CBC Calgary to talk all about our mission and headlining the Calgary International Burlesque Festival!
Feb 16, 2017
Metro News Vancouver
All-Indigenous burlesque part of 16th annual Talking Stick Festival
"...It’s the first time that the diverse Indigenous performance and arts festival has featured the art of striptease -- but one of its founding members says it’s about much more than just entertainment...."