The art of becoming a woman through make-up and costuming as well as by studying the movements and the voice of a man is a high art. Our drag queens and travesty artists are unique works of art. Hours of make-up and costuming, it takes a lot of practice to look as perfect as these artists without being dusty. Fresh young, colorful costumes, great live voices and unique voguing performance shows. Here you get everything around the topic of travesty.
Travesty became very popular here in Berlin, in the 80s, through Romy Haag. Through the changed after-scene, an openness arose in West Berlin in every direction, which otherwise did not exist in the Federal Republic. Travesty is not bound to a certain sexual orientation. The art of transforming into another sex was virtually promoted by those who resisted it the most, the church. Since Pope Innocent XI announced on May 4, 1686 ? “Music is in the highest degree detrimental to the modesty which is quite proper for the female sex, because it distracts them from their proper business and occupations […] they should not learn to sing or play any instrument.” Pope Clement XI (pontificate 1700-1721) reaffirmed Sixtus V’s prohibition on the grounds that “no female person should learn music by premeditation, under heavy penalty, in order to be used as a singer, for it was well known that a beauty who wished to sing in the theater and yet preserve her chastity would do nothing else than jump into the Tiber and yet not get her feet wet.”[9(Wikipedia) The female voices had to be replaced after all, this was done by castrati who had to take on the female role in women’s clothes and thus travesty was even blessed. The parodistic exaggeration of the female sex is often presented as a parody or imitation of stars, up to the creation of its own art figure , in the cabaret. The most famous travesty artist performers in Germany are: Mary & Gordy, Lilo Wanders and Olivia Jones. The most famous film roles and stage plays : A Cage Full of Fools and The Rocky Horror (Picture)Show.
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