Person standing at the edge of a runway in front of a crowd, wearing a tall feathered headdress, white and silver knee high boots and a long floating train catching the orange glowing light
Charlie Hembrow in Fantasy Category at House of Suarez Vogue Ball. Photo by Fotocad.

Fittings Multimedia Arts – Vogue: The Unlimited House of Krip

Vogue: The Unlimited House of Krip celebrates the fusion of deaf and disabled performers with the gloriously extravagant world of vogue ball culture.

Mark Smith (Deaf Men Dancing), Garry Robson (Director of Fittings Multimedia Arts) and legendary Vogue “Mother” Darren Suarez formed the first “House” of D/deaf performers to walk in the Legendary House of Suarez Vogue Ball in 2017. The company are exploring the traditions of the international Houses of the vogue movement whilst bringing their unique deaf and disabled perspective to the party.

The House (the name for a team or family of performers who compete in balls) performed at the House of Suarez Se7en Deadly Sins ball in Liverpool in October 2017, bringing their own unique take on Vogue whilst incorporating sign language into the dance routines alongside amazing costumes and make-up.

The full process from auditions to the ball was recorded by First Take Film and Media to create a short documentary that follows the creation of the House leading to their debut performances. The company has researched the history of the balls and their celebration of diversity and difference and compared this to the lives and experiences of the members of The Unlimited House of Krip.

The short documentary, produced in partnership with First Take, is now available for screening

 

Touring

15-16 November 2018
Screening – DaDaFest / Homotopia, Unity Theatre, Liverpool
25-26 October 2018
Screening – Arena Theatre Wolverhampton
9-14 September 2018
(tbc) Screening -Iris International LGBT Short Film Prize, Cardiff
8 September 2018
29 June 2018
Screening & Workshop - Arts Fest, Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton
21 May 2018
Screening – Liverpool Pride British LGBT Short Film Contest, FACT, Liverpool
12 May 2018
Screening - Eight International Hong Kong Deaf Film Festival, Hong Kong Arts Centre
10 Febuary 2018
House of Suarez, Manchester
21 October 2017

Production details

Performers
Ariel Fung, Charlie Hembrow, Natasha Julien, Caroline Parker, Lukus Alexander
Artistic Director
Garry Robson
Choreographer
Mark Smith
Consultant Choreographer
Darren Suarez
Music Producer
Juga Naut
Costume Designer
Alexandra Morton
Documentary Producer and Camera
Jane Farley
Documentary Editing
Lynne Harwood
Sign Language Interpreters
Linda Bruce, Marie Dimond, Mark Etherington, Jenny Graveson, Kate Labno, Karl Llorca, Stephen Menton, Lorna Moran, Leanne Morris, Dionne Thomas.
Producer
Adrian Turrell-Watts for Fittings Multimedia Arts
Supporters
The Granada Foundation, P H Holt Foundation, Homotopia and Superbia

Contact

Adrian Turrell- Watts

Useful links

Artist website
Documentary trailer

Production images