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Paris is Burning

82 Seneca St, Geneva, NY 14456

Phone: (315) 781-5483

  • Dates: June 6, 2019
  • Location: Smith Center for the Arts
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Price: $10 adults/$7 students/youth (service fees apply to online orders)

Paris is Burning (1990) depicts a New York fashion subculture. Shot in the late 1980s by Jennie Livingston, the documentary examines how a community of Black and Latino gay and transgender New Yorkers build sustenance, creativity, and family. Exploring ballroom culture – and defining and re-defining words like “house,” “mother,” “shade” “voguing” and “Realness” – Paris is Burning draws a series of incisive character portraits. The movie writes a complex essay on class, race, identity, and the transformative powers of dance and performance.

It is part of The Smith’s FLX Pride Weekend celebration.