‘Boylesque‘, an offshoot of the female-centric burlesque, challenges traditional ideas of masculinity. Like burlesque, it plays on exaggeration, striptease and dance. Boylesque is growing in popularity across North America and Europe, with festivals being held internationally. Dante Legend is a boylesque performer in Toronto, Canada.
Filmed by Vanessa Tignanelli for The Globe and Mail, September 2017, Blyss Nightclub, Toronto
Assistant videographer, Sherrill Sutherland
Edited by Vanessa Tignanelli
For The Globe and Mail's alternate edit by Deborah Baic : theglobeandmail.com/life/life-video/feathers-rhinestones-and-tassels-how-these-male-performers-are-subverting-masculinity/article36431223/
Thanks to TroyBoy Entertainment and the performers Dante Legend, Willy Wonder, Rhyan Stone, Sebastian Marziali, and James and the Giant Pasty.