The foundation of this house is the history of Ballroom. In to the restrictive framework of gender-based and racial oppression, poured the versatility of Black queer people, pooling in the spaces where white folk weren’t looking.
In the “cracks” in society, a new kind of groundwork was laid; the kind that endures, the kind that saves lives. So adaptable and sturdy that the stiff beams of oppression could finally be removed, and the House could stand on its own. In its current form, House of Origin is a multimedia body of research into Ballroom culture and the possibilities of Ballroom for Black queer community building and gender euphoria in an Irish context.
House of Origin includes a new video project, recorded interviews with some of the icons of Ballroom, voicenote responses submitted by our queer Black community here in Ireland and written research gathered and written by us.
It is our hope that by engaging with this research, new pathways are discovered for our Black readers to authentically express themselves.
So please join us on our website across Live Collision International Festival, to read about Blackness, Queerness and immerse yourself in the world of Ballroom.
House of Origin is commissioned by Live Collision funded by a Commission Award by The Arts Council.