In recent years, at least two major Pride events in New York could be described as part dance party, part arts happening: Everybooty at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the House Party at New York Live Arts. This year, when both organizations had to figure out how to celebrate community in a time of social distancing, they decided to make a bigger noise by going online together.
The double-the-size, double-the-fun festivities stream on the BAM and New York Live Arts websites on Saturday night. And in the words of Tyler Ashley — who, in his drag persona, the Dauphine of Bushwick, hosts the program with the queer model Andre J — “it starts at 8 and it will go late.”
Ashley likens the format to that of an old TV variety show: “Your hosts in costumes, improvising and sharing the moment and introducing dance, drag, spoken word, video art — a wide and lush gamut.” The lineup includes Bill T. Jones, Migguel Anggelo, voguers from the House of LaBeija and top drag artists from the queer collectives Oops! and Switch n’ Play. The art collective Papi Juice is sure to finish the party right.
“It’s about spreading love,” Andre J said.