THE UNLIMITED HOUSE OF KRIP
Vogue: The Unlimited House of Krip celebrates the fusion of D/deaf and disabled performers with the gloriously extravagant world of vogue ball culture.
Mark Smith (Artistic Director, Deaf Men Dancing), Garry Robson (Artistic Director, Fittings Multimedia Arts) and Darren Suarez (Artistic Director, House of Suarez) have formed a “House” of D/deaf and disabled performers to walk in the Legendary House of Suarez Vogue Ball.
As one of the main Unlimited Commissions for 2017/18 - celebrating the work of disabled artists with funding from Arts Council England - the Unlimited House of Krip will explore the traditions of the international Houses of the vogue movement, LGBT and BaME cultures whilst bringing their unique perspective to the OPULENT party.
The first members of the House (the name for a team or family of performers who compete in balls) - Ariel Fung, Charlie Hembrow, Natasha Julien and Caroline Parker - made their debut at the House of Suarez Se7en Deadly Sins Ball in Liverpool - on October 21st 2017 - bringing their own unique take on Vogue whilst incorporating sign language into the vogue dance style. The House of Krip then recreated their performances at the House of Suarez + Contact Vogue Ball in Manchester on 10th February 2018, winning the fantasy category, reaching the semi-final of the Solo category, the final of the lip-synch category and winning Best Overall House!
The House of Krip documentary is available for screening now.
The film, which had its world premiere at the Eighth Hong Kong International Deaf Film Festival in May 2018 is produced by Fittings and First Take, and juxtaposes the history of the balls and their celebration of diversity and difference with the lives and experiences of the members of the Unlimited House of Krip.
The documentary was selected and screened at Liverpool Pride British LGBT Short Film Contest and won a place in the final of the International Iris Prize to be screened in Cardiff in October 2018.
Watch the trailer here:
We will also be looking at expanding and developing the House of Krip for future performance opportunities through open workshops.
If you identify as deaf or disabled and are interested in finding out more about Vogue dance styles and taking part in open dance workshops please get in touch with us via our producer - Adrian Turrell-Watts on firstname.lastname@example.org - who will send out information as when it becomes available.
The Unlimited House of Krip are:
Ariel Fung, Charlie Hembrow, Natasha Julien and Caroline Parker
Artistic Director: Garry Robson
Producer: Adrian Turrell-Watts
Documentary Producer: Jane Farley for First Take
Choreographer: Mark Smith
Consultant Choreographer: Darren Suarez
Music Producer: Juga Naut
Costume Designer: Alexandra Morton
Make-up Designer: Helen Burkinshaw
Captioning: Michael Lacey
Sign Language Interpreters: Linda Bruce, Marie Dimond, Mark Etherington, Jenny Graveson, Kate Labno, Karl Llorca, Stephen Menton, Lorna Moran, Leanne Morris, Dionne Thomas.