Sasha Velour’s first one-queen show, Smoke & Mirrors, comes to Norfolk’s Harrison Opera House on November 14. Sasha Velour is a gender-fluid drag queen who won season 9 of the Emmy-winning reality TV competition, Rupaul’s Drag Race.
Tickets are $25 and go on sale on September 5 at 10 AM.
Smoke and Mirrors is an effortless blend of drag, visual art, and magic. Velour introduces audiences to a whole new side of her artistry, through 13 dazzling and genre-busting lip-synch performances, all directed and choreographed by the queen herself. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as she explodes into rose petals, vanishes in a poof of smoke, saws herself in half, conjures a rainstorm, even transforms into a tree in front of your eyes (to name just a few). But the real magic is the way that these illusions and deceptions serve to unmask deeper truths, sparking fresh analysis of gender, fame, family, and the importance of dreaming big and living life over-the-top.
The show features the music of Annie Lennox, Whitney Houston, Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland, Celine Dion, Sia, Nina Simone, Le Tigre and more. Original video created by Sasha Velour compliments the music and original costumes designed by long-time collaborator Diego Montoya.
Velour’s live performances have been called “an entirely new level of performance art” (Yahoo) and “heart-wrenching” (Billboard). She has pioneered the use of projection mapping in lip-synch drag performances, and is known for combining emotional pathos with theatrical stunts.
In September 2018 she collaborated with Opening Ceremony to produce, direct, and host their Fall Fashion Show, better known as “The Gift of Showz”. She has appeared in Vogue, Vogue Italia, and Plastik Magazine. Her visual art has been the subject of 2 solo gallery shows in New York (2014 and 2016). In 2017 she drew the Google Doodle of Marlene Dietrich. She is also the creative director (and graphic designer) of the art magazine “Velour” (now released in hardcover Collector’s Edition).
Sasha Velour: Smoke & Mirrors Tour
Thursday, November 14 at Harrison Opera House
Tickets $25, on sale Thursday, September 5 at 10 AM