Halloween 2020 seems like seconds ago, or years.
It seems impossible that Berlin nightclubs were ever open again. But for a short time last Fall, clubs were open, observing careful Covid protocols.
Beloved queer clubhouse Monster Ronsons changed its entire setup, creating a cabaret dinner theater with table service from the bar.
Pansy of Pansy’s House of Presents (in full Jessica Rabbit style at top) and Gieza of Gieza’s Poke House redesigned their stage shows, instructing the audience to clap instead of scream and politely nod to strangers instead of fingering them.
I feel like these drawings were some of the best I did from a livestream last year, because I was drawing performers I’d seen and drawn in real life, and they were performing in a space I know well, to a real audience.
I so much appreciate Pansy, Gieza and Nana making these shows accessible to folx at home by streaming them!
For the two nights of double-header Halloween shows, the family of House of Presents created spectacular acts.
Lola Rose hit the stage to deconstruct a racist American caricature, Aunt Jemima- with a knife!
Naya The Cisgenera had a powerful reading and a very sexy look.
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Gieza decorated the stage with a monster theme, using old wigs!
Lolita Va Voom, above, shook it gorgeously. Always a joy to draw Lolita.
Lolita’s ongoing show with Nana Schewitz called Jews! Jews! Jews! is a treasure of Berlin.
Nana Schewitz is seen below, performing an interactive and hilarious act.
Jews! Jews! Jews! has an online Virtual Queer Seder on March 28.
I am incredibly grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support lets me keep documenting Berlin’s drag and burlesque performers while I work safely at home.