To keep everybody going has been a stupendous effort of community and mutual aid, a testament of love to and from Berlin’s queer folx.
Pansy has worked so hard to keep income flowing to Berlin’s queer performers.
And she kept herself up, showing up onscreen in exquisite drag looks with no one in her flat but her cute dog Tina, week after week! Last night, back onstage, she wore an absolutely precious Alice look, with perfect petticoats, miles of leg, peeptoe pumps and Marilyn curls.
During the Poke House, statuesque Aussie Reflektra hit the stage in what looked like couture.
But was apparently made from curtains! In quarantine, Berlin’s drag queens have had time but no money, and have made do creatively!
However drawing people onstage, after months of drawing mostly people filming themselves in their apartments, is a real shift. I could not see faces very well, and so needed to rely on body language to convey the sense of the performance. I am gonna need to adapt, which is fine. Like Berlin’s performers, I am highly adaptable and creative!