Wednesday, January 27, 2016


World Stage 2016 at Harbourfront has begun but the big kick-off party, the World Stage Mirror Ball is next Saturday 


 Next Tuesday, World Stage and BUDDIES are holding a special panel called Subculture Futures.

Presented by Harbourfront Centre's World Stage and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Tuesday, January 26 at 7pm at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Join World Stage Scholars-in-Residence Matthew Sergi and Juila Fawcett along with Mother Trouble Nuance and Mother Tko Monroe for an open-ended forum discussion on Subculture Futures, in which your questions and comments will drive our conversation. Since subcultures—ball culture included—draw their passion and style from a history of being marginal, what does it mean to bring the ballroom scene onto a mainstream venue like World Stage or Buddies? Where has ball culture been so far; how has it changed in prior partnerships with mainstream institutions (from Madonna’s co-opting to the pop rebranding of ballroom lingo on RuPaul’s Drag Race)? In an arts community in which small-scale innovators are becoming dependent on institutional grants, support, and publicity in order to survive at all, how can ball culture sustainably continue without mainstream partnerships—or, if it enters into institutional partnerships, how can it maintain its realness?

Presented by 
Harbourfront Centre's World Stage
Saturday, January 30 at 8pm 
at Harbourfront Centre Theatre

Come prepared to strut!  The World Stage Mirror Ball celebrates the 2016 season of World Stage with a lively performance party in the spirit of more: more artistry, more theatrics, and more mirrors!  The highlight of the ball is the competitive fashion show with judging for multiple categories including dance performance, runway strutting and sexiest siren. Inspired by the infinite reflection in the disco ball, come dressed in your shiniest, most dazzling costume and let the fun amplify endlessly into the night. With 10 runway categories, a make-up station and a DJ spinning dance floor hits all evening long, the Mirror Ball is a collision of worlds, a festive night celebrating all things performance.  ONLY $10.

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