Fake it, Make it and Pose the Strike: Artistic Self Positioning and Vogueing

    29 – 30.9.2020 Workshop

    Fake it Until you Make it and Pose the Strike: Artistic Self Positioning and Vogueing

    with Charl Landvreugd, Typhoon Angels Prodigy and Catherine Somze

    “In a ballroom you can be anything you want.” Paris is Burning

    “Imagining takes place from a personal and artistic subject position.” Charl Landvreugd


    In the spirit of ballroom realness, fake it until you make it and pose the strike! The two-day workshop that kicks-off the Imagining the New World program is conceived as a flow of words and movements. Let body and mind align, and new intersecting artistic, utopian and physical positions be struck.

    Under the lead of Charl Landvreugd, whose work has been associated with the Afrofuturist movement, and voguing artist Typhoon Angel (Prodigy) [aka Guilliano Pinas], co-founder of the International Kiki House of Angels, we will grove ourselves into thinking and sharing experiences of making and being through writing and dancing. Let’s enter the future together with joy, eloquence and conviction!

    Come wearing what’s most comfortable for you to dance and bring your laptop or notes. Please acquaint yourself with the following references:

    – Bibi Fadlalla (dir.), Father Figure about the life and work of Typhoon Angels (2019) https://www.2doc.nl/documentaires/series/2doc/2019/september/father-figure.html

    – Bell hooks, “Theory as Liberatory Practice” in Teaching to Transgress (1991) https://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1044&context=yjlf

    – Charl Landvreugd, “Notes on Imagining Afropea,” Open Arts Journal, Issue 5, Summer 2016: pp. 39-52 https://openartsjournal.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/oaj_issue5_landvreugd_final_v2.pdf

    – Jennie Livingston (dir.) Paris is Burning about the incipient 1980s voguing scene in New York (1990) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNE6nv3-l1w