The Voices of Virago Nation
The York Theatre, 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tuesday, June 21 at 7:00pm
Discover the stories behind the striptease at Voices of Virago Nation: A Docu-Strip. This digital event is unlike any burlesque show you have seen online or on stage. Hear from each performer as they share personal stories about their connection to their Indigeneity, their sexuality, and how it influences their performances. Part documentary, part burlesque spectacle, this showcase is more revealing than any other Virago Nation show.
In 2016 a group of Indigenous burlesque performers found community within their shared identity in an artistic medium saturated in colonial idealisms of sexuality and performance.
Since then, these performers have carved a new narrative in the world of burlesque while demonstrating that Indigenous femmes can and should be empowered within their own sexuality without shame. That their bodies are sacred and can be honoured without the boundaries of modesty. That patriarchal ideologies do not dictate who can or cannot be empowered in their own sexual identity. That heteronormativity is inherently colonial and that queerness is a gift that should be celebrated!
Using storytelling, comedy, pop culture, movement, and striptease, Virago Nation continues to show that Indigenous sexuality is multi-faceted, dynamic, powerful, and most importantly, an experience that is deeply personal.
Featuring storytelling and performances by:
A huge thank you to Queer Based Media for filming and editing Virago Nation's first-ever self-produced show!
This film was produced on the stolen ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
Virago Nation challenges the settlers of turtle Island not only to know the history of land you work and reside on but to actively participate in ongoing reparations to the people.