• Fri 23 09 2022 / 7 pm •
The Migration Kiki Ball hosted by Jordan Chanetsa and Shapes & Shades


The Migration Kiki Ball is taking place on September 23 at Kulturbunker Köln!

The ball is hosted by Jordan Chanetsa and Shapes & Shades and will center around the immigrant experience in Germany. The ball will prioritize participants who are of (direct) migration experience and/or identify within the QT*I*BIPoC spectrum.

Ballroom is a subculture originating in urban North American contexts (especially New York City) around the second half of the 20th century by and still largely for queer and trans* Black and Brown bodies. It emerged by virtue of its members' intersectional marginalization to create a safer space and compensate for the social systems they have been excluded from. In Ballroom, houses - chosen families or social structures not based on blood relations - compete in balls - a mixture of ritualized performance, beauty pageant, survival school, fashion and drag show, dance battle (Voguing is this community’s iconic dance style) and much more - to socialize, empower each other and practice how to navigate the violent outside world.

About Jordan Chanetsa
Jordan Chanetsa is a performance artist, writer, and LGBTQIA+ rights activist and works as a consultant for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in working spaces in Zimbabwe. From June to October 2022, Jordan Chanetsa is the Artist-in-Residence as part of the Participatory Residency Program organized by ADKDW together with DEMASK and Integrationshaus e.V.

About Shapes & Shades
The Shapes & Shades collective was founded in 2019 in Germany to strengthen the local Ballroom scene and to create a safe(r) space in which people, facing multiple marginalizations, can meet without fear, exchange creative ideas and empower themselves. The collective is made up of 6 artists and activists from Düsseldorf and cooperates with the Junges Schauspielhaus (Young Theatre) and the tanzhaus NRW (center for international dance).

The Migration Kiki Ball will be hosted by Jordan Chanetsa and moderated by Mandhla Laveaux. DJ AARO 007 will be playing music. The judges are: Cinnamon Laveaux, Blackpearl Solar and Lucca Louboutin.

Proceeds from admission will benefit TREAT - Trans Research Education Advocacy and Training, an initiative that advocates for rights of transgender persons in Zimbabwe.

23 09 / 19:00 – open end
Doors 18:00
Kulturbunker, Berliner Str. 20, Köln
Entry fee 5€ and up, proceeds will be donated to TREAT - Trans Research Education Advocacy and Training.
Spectators are welcome, but this is intended to be a safer space for QT*I*BIPoCs, so they will be given priority.
Performers are asked to sign up at alemsi@adkdw.org with the (ballroom) name, categories to walk, and song file for lip synch (if applicable)
A full list of the categories can be found here.

In cooperation with DEMASK, Integrationshaus e.V. and Shapes & Shades.
The Participatory Residency Program is kindly supported by the RheinEnergie Stiftung Kultur and the Landschaftsverband Rheinland (LVR).