Ryan Heffington of RuPaul's Drag Race Talks KURT and Chez Deep Drag Sisterhood

Colin Self of Chez Deep, a lithe blond in a white spandex bodysuit, seemed to agree. "Drag is a blanket term that the majority of the public can understand. It's not a word that encompass everything that happens, but it's a facet of what pulls us together. You're born naked, the rest is drag." Their "drag sisterhood" is an expression of feminine energy and power, spirituality, and art. Their purpose is, Self said, "to set an example of a community. What can happen when people are brought artistically together, and how important it can be."

Heffington supports the underground drag movement and is seeing it flourish in Los Angeles. "A lot of queers have voices as performative artists, and we long for theses venues. They're popping up everywhere in Los Angeles." He called it, "a beautiful supportive environment."

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We asked the choreographer about his job, which seems pretty fantastic. "It's the best job ever in the world," he laughed. "Get to travel around the world, create dance. I think I facilitated an amazing community in Los Angeles through dance classes. We do performances in clubs, museums, onstage for rock concerts. It's kind of ever-changing. It's kind of like the perfect artist lifestyle. We get paid, I get to be on TV. We get to travel to Hong Kong. It's pretty fucking brilliant."

He's producing his own show Ktchn next spring in LA and planning a monthlong run. It'll be an interactive experience about "queer culture, celebrity culture, loneliness, fabulousness." Meanwhile you can catch Chez Deep performing in New York on pagan holidays and at Santos Party House.

KURT. With Thurston Moore, a dance performance by Ryan Heffington, and a short film by Adarsha Benjamin. Presented by the Friends of Gusman-Red Curtain Series, Olympia Theater, and Onward Forward. Thursday, December 6. Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St., Miami. The event begins at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $25 to $50 via tickets.gusmancenter.org. Call 305-372-0925 or visit gusmancenter.org.

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