HISTORICAL GLITCH: DOING IT FOR VOGUE

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South African DJ and performance artist Queezy and their friends take their mission to improve Cape Town's acceptance of queer culture to the realms of vogue-ing.

In 2006 South Africa was the first African nation to legalize same-sex marriage. Since then, the queer community has continued to carve out valuable spaces for themselves. Local Cape Town events like Miss Gay Western Cape and Death of Glitter have provided spaces for a community that still faces anti-queer hostility, particularly in rural areas.

Historical Glitch is a queer group of friends who have come together to take acceptance of queer culture into their own hands. Queezy explains the name and its earnestness to relaying history, not hiding it << Historical Glitch is sort of like looking at the timeline of history and looking at events that are recurring. Voguing, for example, is a dance form that was started in New York in the 80s, but we wanted to relay it in our present day, in our South African narrative. It's basically history repeating itself, but in different ways. >>

This film takes viewers behind the scenes of Historical Glitch's first voguing performance commissioned by Cape Town's Norval Foundation and curated by local artist Khanyisile Mbongwa. Short clips captured intimate moments with Queezy and his fellow performers Daniel Walton, Mziyanda Malgas, and Chester Martinez, as they rehearsed in their apartment and discussed matters of love, creativity, and freedom. The final performance, held at Cape Town's prestigious Norval Foundation museum, featured at the end of the film, shows the performers serenading the camera and audiences with classic Voguing moves inspired by iconic Voguers like Willi Ninja and local South African music dance styles.

Queezy explained that the weeks of practicing and the final performance was simply a way to channel their creativity through an art form, created for and by queer people << we're looking at Voguing as another way to express ourselves. While we walk down the street we're feeling the same feeling as Vogue artists, that same feeling of liberation, that same feeling of self-expression. It's more like a state of mind that we're trying to relay. >>

NB: there is no director, the group tackled the element of hierarchy from behind the camera as well as in front.

Some of the above text is taken from: http://www.papermag.com/south-african-ballroom-culture-vogue-2632379423.html?rebelltitem=11#rebelltitem11

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