Through the art of Ballroom, one’s passion, soul, and light is revealed.
Three Ballroom artists from across Canada – Matthew Cuff aka Legendary Snoopy 007 (Toronto), ivy hazard aka Mother Ivy Andromeda 007 (Vancouver), and Chéline Lacroix aka Mother Raven Louboutin Milan (Montréal) – meet for the first time, to share their curiosities, moving Ballroom culture off the runway and into the theatre space.
This evening of performance shows that Ballroom, Too has significant cultural value and impact, which should warrant access to spaces, resources and support, in the same ways as other artistic communities. These three artists/leaders from different Ballroom scenes explore their respective categories, as they create new connections with each other and experiment with their individual artistic practices.
“Through the language of Vogue, one’s passion, soul, and light is revealed. This light should never be dimmed. Expressive Radiance. I’m exploring the level in which Vogue can connect the audience to performer.”
– Matthew Cuff aka Legendary Snoopy 007
“Who are we, and how are the ways we present ourselves part of the larger picture of our identity, even if part of it feels faked or forced? Can the inner creatures we keep tucked away come out to play when we give in to the sublime and detach ourselves from the idea of humanity? These are all questions Bizarre asks us to embody, and I want to create looks to be displayed that explore the elements that go into this layer by layer.”
– ivy hazard aka Mother Ivy Andromeda 007
“This is so much more than a dance show. This is a presentation of the history of a culture. You’ll be able to witness Ballroom outside of the runway. You’ll see the history of the community in movement or through verbal knowledge sharing.”
– Chéline Lacroix aka Mother Raven Louboutin Milan
You are free to move through the evening à la carte, to experience three works-in-progress that showcase the voice, versatility and multiplicity of the Ballroom community.
Matthew “Snoopy” Cuff, ivy hazard, Chéline Lacroix
The 2023 SummerWorks Lab is presented with support from The Stratford Festival.
Audience Configuration: the audience moves between spaces during the performance. While limited seating is provided in each space, the audience is encouraged to stand and move around throughout the performance.
Content: loud amplified music, bright flashing light, and depictions of blood, bones, and the internal human body.
Part of the SummerWorks Lab programming – a place for exploration, experimentation, and process. In the Lab, you can experience new works in development from artists exploring new possibilities in performance.