Say ‘Ballroom’ and many people’s first reference will be Madonna’s Vogue, or the 90s movie Paris is Burning. But behind mainstream extractions of the performance-based dance form, ballroom has a complex and politically piercing history that is very much alive today.
A part of Ballroom, the KIKI scene in New York is made up of LGBTQ youth of colour. The soon-to-be-in-cinemas documentary KIKI, takes us deep into this culture within a culture. It gives insight into the marginalisation, racism and inequality that NY's new generation of voguers face, and how the KIKI community uses ballroom to mobilise and empower youth.