My Gay Toronto - Bellini's 8 1/2

World class Balls

by Paul Bellini

Though World Stage 2016 at Harbourfront has already begun, the big kick-off party, called the World Stage Mirror Ball is next  Saturday  ([more details here]).  But first, World Stage and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre are holding a special panel called Subculture Futures, on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7pm. 

World Stage scholars-in-residence Matthew Sergi and Juila Fawcett, along with Mother Trouble Nuance and Mother TKO Monroe, will gather for an open-ended forum discussion on Subculture Futures. Balls - the big glittery dress-up events, not testicles - have always been a bit underground, so the question remains, how will it work on a mainstream stage like Harbourfront? 

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? How can ball culture continue without mainstream partnerships with advertisers or funding organizations—or, if it enters into these institutional partnerships, how can it maintain its authenticity? Food for thought.

Then, on Saturday, Jan 30 at 8pm, the Harbourfront Centre Theatre will host the World Stage Mirror Ball, 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, and the whole thing is only $10.

So if you’re into dressing up, here’s your chance. As for balls, most of them will be tucked, but it will still be fun anyway. 

The Subculture Futures panel discussion is on Tues, Jan 26 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. 

The World Stage Mirror Ball is on Sat, Jan 30 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W.