Review: Rebel Music: The Black Obsidian Vogue Ball at Rivoli Ballroom ★★★★★
The Black Obsidian Vogue Ball celebrates and prioritises LGBTQIA+ people of colour on a night that presented alternative realities through Black cultural and historical lens and performances.
The Black Obsidian Vogue Ball was truly a representation of the best in our society and a celebration of all things Afrofuturistic. Drawing inspirations from science fiction and fantasy members of the Ballroom scene expressed their love for Black culture through fashion, and cosmic performances. The night reaffirmed that under the right circumstances and in the right space a world where everyone exists liberated is attainable.
The Rivoli Ballroom is impressive and majestic and is certainly the perfect space to host a night that represented and honoured Blackness and fostered a community of queer, trans and non-binary Black people.
Attendees and members of the Ballroom scene gathered at Rivoli Ballroom as early as 7pm, embracing each other and admiring one another futuristic, superhero inspired outfits and technicolour hairstyles while the Mc attempted to keep the performances on schedule.
The Ball was kicked off by individuals modelling their outfits down the runway as the DJ paid homage to iconic Black artists. The crowd cheers, snaps their fingers, and bows to their favourites. It really creates a moment! Shortly after members of the ball room scene danced up and down the runway, showcasing their best dance moves. The physicality of the movement presented was fluid, balletic and extravagant in the best possible way.
As the night went on ‘Houses’ competed in various category including, fashion, realness and boldness and performance categories for votes and prizes. The performances were out of this world which proved to be a challenge when it came to the judges voting on the best performances of the night.