The #14 performer in the world, Chris Oh!, sits down with MJ to talk about his move to Europe where he currently ranks as the #1 performer, his experience owning a dance company that did interdisciplinary works in his native New Zealand, imposter syndrome & self development, redefining how 'masculine' is presented as well as living his dream & the incredible humanitarian work he did after being crowned Mr. Gay World 2013.
Chris Oh! is an international Kiwi Boylesque sensation his recent accolades include winning the Crown of Burlesque in Basel, Switzerland (2018) and ‘Most Dazzling Dancer’ at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas (2018). 2018 saw him Headlining shows and festivals across three continents alone, exposing his glittered thighs and sparkling personality to all who have encountered him. With over 13 years of dance and performing arts experience, Chris Oh! has taken the world by storm. He is the recipient of Best Boylesque New Zealand (2017/18), King of the New Zealand Burlesque Festival (2017), Grand Prix Award for the Le Bisou Français Festival Paris (2017), was a semi-finalist on the TV show New Zealand’s Got Talent (2012), and was Mr Gay World (2013).
His performance career started in the night club scene where he would perform gender bending acts in drag, this work later encouraged him to study Ballet and Contemporary dance professionally. He worked for many professional dance companies in New Zealand before deciding to establish his own Black Swan Productions entertainment company where he began to choreograph and costume his own shows and events. Since then Chris has performed around the World including places like New York, Las Vegas, Hollywood, Paris, Prague, Berlin, Rome, Oslo, Stockholm, Vienna, Madrid, Indonesia, South Africa and Italy etc. In his shows Chris Oh! has pushed the boundaries of gender and performance art, wowed audiences with his Burlesque prowess, and always made time to help train and initiate newcomers to the artform of Burlesque, believing that art should be inclusive, equal and celebratory for all.
His mission is to spread sparkle, light and laughter to the world, one show at a time. Creating connections, braving new places, holding open spaces, walking the edge of an ever expanding artform, Chris Oh! celebrates the gift of life wherever he goes.
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