RuPaul’s Drag Race alumna Sasha Velour took her successful title and spun it into pure gold. Since showing on and successful season 9 of the present, the Brooklyn-based drag queen turned a premier identify on the earth of avant-garde vogue, revealed her personal journal and created new, intriguing content material that her followers have been hungry for.
But maybe her crowning achievement since departing Drag Race has been Nightgowns, a set of drag reveals the queen created to function a few of the finest experimental and creative drag expertise in New York and America at giant. Since its inception, Nightgowns has turn into a mainstay for drag followers within the New York space.
Now, Velour is bringing her massively profitable present to RuPaul’s DragCon NYC. On Friday (Sept. 28), the season 9 winner will placed on her spectacle with a star-studded forged, together with fellow season 9 contestant Shea Couleé. Hyped as one of many largest and finest performances of Nightgowns so far, Velour is virtually guaranteeing her viewers an evening to recollect.
But Nightgowns already has a historical past of manufacturing some iconic drag moments. In honor of the queen’s new iteration of the present, listed here are 10 of the perfect performances from Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns.
Aja - "My Kind of Love"
It’s arduous to consider that again in season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, now-fan-favorite Aja turned the topic of some critical on-line abuse. But being the artful queen that they're, Aja took these damaging feedback, together with various very supportive ones, and turned them into an emotional, lovely murals. Lip-syncing together with Emeli Sandé’s anthem of affection and devotion “My Kind of Love,” Aja projected a sequence of these damaging and constructive feedback onto a display screen behind them, exhibiting followers that they have been the explanation Aja was performing. Ending their efficiency, Aja merely posted a message, stating “This didn’t go the way in which I deliberate, however I’m glad I did it.”
Vander Von Odd - “Creep”
It’s pure that because the first-ever winner of The Boulet Brothers’ on-line web-series Dragula, Vander Von Odd could garner a fame as a creepy queen. But Vander definitely didn’t draw back from that identification on this gorgeous efficiency. Performing to an unplugged, paired-down association to Radiohead’s “Creep,” Vander reveals off her common beauty-meets-horror aesthetics, whereas additionally baring her soul — and her faux-scarred physique — to the viewers.
Pierretta Viktori - “U + Ur Hand”
P!nk’s “U + Ur Hand” already serves as an anthem for feminine empowerment, telling would-be creeps at bars to maintain their palms to themselves. But drag queen Pierretta Viktori imbued the music with extra which means by performing it in entrance of a display screen displaying the continual stream of headlines surrounding the #MeToo motion, together with audio clips highlighting the prevalence of sexual misconduct in America. What’s much more highly effective is that Pierretta’s costume — a gown and two bodysuits lined in palms and messages saying “Don’t contact me” — was created and crafted by the queen for this particular quantity to accent the proliferation of sexual assault.
Hungry - "Monument"
A reveal in a drag present is often when a queen both rips off an outfit or a wig to disclose one other outfit or wig. But Hungry, one in all Berlin’s premiere drag performers, appeared to redefine what a reveal will be when she introduced her efficiency of Röyksopp’s “Monument” to the Nightgown stage — she walked on carrying a masks, solely to take away it and reveal a nearly-identical make-up recreation of it on her face. This extraordinarily revolutionary reveal, together with the queen’s intelligent use of lighting and motion, makes Hungry’s efficiency one in all Nightgowns’ finest.
Sasha Velour - "This Woman’s Work"
It’s clear that one in all Sasha Velour’s targets with Nightgowns is to make her viewers really feel issues they’ve by no means felt at a drag present earlier than. If so, then she definitely achieved her mission with this gorgeous, heart-wrenching efficiency of Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work.” Innovatively utilizing projections to point out one other model of herself becoming a member of her and finally merging together with her onstage, the efficiency good points much more emotional weight whenever you discover out the swimsuit Velour wears throughout the efficiency belonged to her mom, who handed away in 2015. Tissues are required for this lovely, emotionally affecting artwork piece.
Vigor Mortis - “Mad World”
In maybe probably the most emotional Nightgowns performances so far, drag king Vigor Mortis took to the stage in an outfit exterior of what his followers have been used to seeing — a gown. What ensued was a poignant, harrowing efficiency round gender identification and popping out as trans. Lipsyncing alongside to Gary Jules’ “Mad World,” Vigor slowly dismantles his outfit, finally stripping practically bare to disclose the phrase “Boy” written throughout his chest. This is no doubt probably the most sorrowful and beautiful performances in Nightgowns historical past.
Neon Calypso - “Capitalism Mix”
Some drag queens wish to carry out thought-provoking items at reveals, and a few like to point out off their pure skills at dance. Others, like Neon Calypso, love to do each. In this efficiency, Neon begins off by reciting the poem “Capitalism” by Porsha Olayiwola, forcing her viewers to consider the damaging results of a money-hungry American society. As she reaches the tip of the poem, nevertheless, the queen launches right into a efficiency of Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money,” exhibiting off her unbelievable dance expertise, whereas underscoring the purpose of her efficiency.
Untitled Queen - "Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales"
As one in all Nightgowns’ resident performers, Untitled Queen has made a reputation for herself as a prop performer who makes unbelievable artwork utilizing an array of various objects. This efficiency was no exception — showing on stage holding two balls of yarn and in a crocheted gown, the drag star emphasised her efficiency of Car Seat Headrest’s “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” with a wierd however fascinating visible present. Handing the balls of yarn to somebody offstage, Untitled Queen’s gown slowly unravels all through her efficiency, making this a visually-stunning artwork piece for the viewers to behold.
Lypsinka - "If My Friends Could See Me Now!"
Sometimes probably the most stunning factor a drag performer can do in a lip sync is to easily stand and carry out. Without a reveal, a demise drop or a break up, legendary drag performer Lypsinka lived as much as her identify on this efficiency of “If My Friends Could See Me Now!” from the musical Sweet Charity. Emulating the sweetness and glamour of mid-twentieth century Hollywood movie stars, and delivering a pitch-perfect, perfectly-timed lip sync, Lypsinka proved that she’s among the best drag performers within the recreation, even and not using a sequence of tips up her sleeves.
Sasha Velour - "Love Song for a Vampire"
There is solely no Nightgowns efficiency as iconic or entrancing as Sasha Velour’s rendition of Annie Lennox’s “Love Song for a Vampire.” Not solely was it one of many first-ever performances from Nightgowns new dwelling at National Sawdust in Williamsburg, however Sasha later reprised her masterful quantity on the present’s one 12 months anniversary, revamped and reimagined. Both performances function Sasha in a floor-length white gown, pinned in opposition to a projection display screen as a sequence of dress-like figures are fashioned beneath her physique. At the music’s climax, she throws off her gown to disclose a surprising gown to complete out her emotional efficiency of the traditional music. It’s daring, it’s emotionally uncooked, and it's the excellent illustration of what Nightgowns is all about.