Last February 24, the city of Sydney witnessed a memorable one-night-only vogue dance-off at its inaugural Sissy Ball.
Organised by Red Bull Music and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, the event was held at contemporary multi-arts centre Carriageworks.
The program featured a rousing vogue battle between participants (or ‘houses’, as they call it) like Slé from Australia, and Fafswah, Coven, and House of Envy, all from New Zealand. Each house was judged based on the following: female figure performance, runway, face, sex siren, and vogue fem.
Bhenji Ra, a Sydney-based artist and the Sissy Ball’s curator, explained the role of vogueing in the LGBQTI+ community.
“Vogueing is a dance style and living culture born out of the Harlem drag circuit of the 1920s, largely defined as ‘ballroom’,” she said.
“Vogueing itself has had many evolutions since its beginnings but now is widely known for its dramatic and virtuosic style and its importance to queer people of colour around the world.”
For those who missed the event, you’re in luck. Byron Spencer, a renowned photographer who has worked with the likes of ASOS, Zara, and Topshop, was in attendance.
He took some incredible behind-the-scenes images, which he has exclusively shared with Lost At E Minor. Take a look!