With Tens Across the Board, the audience can expect an extravagant showcase evening in which four teams from the German Ballroom Community compete for the grand prize in the breathtaking setting of the Theater des Westens. In classic Ballroom categories such as Voguing, Runway or Face and others with an exciting twist, the participants will fight to see who will be the winning team of the evening and go home with the big trophy. A total of 28 performers bring their talents to the big stage - with impressive performances and extravagant fashion.
The next day, the Aftermath Ball calls on the ballroom community to showcase their skills on the runway at an authentic ball. While Saturday's performance will be an exciting, novel showcase of Ballroom culture, the Aftermath Ball is an opportunity for all members of the community to demonstrate their skills in front of an international panel of judges. The weekend is curated by Legendary Leo Saint Laurent and Ambrosia Gorgeous Gucci.
Georgina Philp aka. Legendary European Mother Leo Saint Laurent is known as a trailblazer of Ballroom in Germany, i.a. the annual Berlin Voguing Out Festival (2012-2016). She was named the first Legend in Germany in 2022 in her main category Womens European Runway. The European chapter of House of Saint Laurent launched in 2012, formerly known as House of Melody, the first German Ballroom House. The historic House of Saint Laurent was founded in NYC in 1982.
So Extra Berlin is a project by German Mother Ambrosia Gorgeous Gucci, with which she curates events in the immediate or wider realm of ballroom. She got in touch with ballroom itself for the first time in 2011 and is an active member of the community ever since, winning prices internationally in her categories Body and Sex Siren. The Gorgeous House of Gucci was founded in 2019 in the US out of the House of Mizrahi.
Ballroom is a culture formed by Black and Latino queer and especially trans people in New York in the sixties/seventies as a necessary response to their multiple marginalization in society - not only by racism, including within the queer scene, but also within their own families and communities because of their queerness. They formed "Houses" with "Mothers" and "Fathers" as their families of choice. Today, the concept of Houses still exists and has spread worldwide. Members gather at Balls to create the Ballroom scene. A ball is a competition with different categories in which the participants compete and which represents the heart of the community.
Event starts at: 8:00 p.m.
Doors open at: 6:30 p.m.