Aquarius Funkk is a queer performance artist & model, who creates dynamic work for photo, video, and live events. As a performer, their artistic practice began in Portland, ME, and has continued throughout the US and Mexico. Aquarius collaborates with other artists of various disciplines, and their body of work includes event production, art direction, hair & makeup, graphic design, accessory & costume design.
Aquarius creates performances that are inspired by iconic artists such as Grace Jones, Prince, Sylvester, Leigh Bowery, and Josephine Baker. In exploring the possibilities of the body, Aquarius builds imagery which evokes movements of afrofuturism, radical identity, and channeling the inner masculine & feminine. They channel modern and traditional styles of dance, afrocentric music & culture, vogue ballroom and queer nightlife.
Aquarius has a repertoire of cabaret, burlesque, vogue, conceptual & movement art acts. They thrive on improvisation and body intelligence, and their work blends site-specific choreography, radical experimentation, hand detailed costuming, and theatrical makeup. Each performance is uniquely crafted and staged accordingly for small venues, theaters, nightclubs, festivals, street performance, and any dance floor in between.
In 2018, Aquarius has performed in lineups for Queer Abstract in Brooklyn, Pride! Portland in Maine, and Smoke & Shadows in Boston. They walked for Stuzo Clothing in the 5th Annual DapperQ NYFW show. Notably, Aquarius has collaborated with performance art troupe La Pocha Nostra in Mexico and the US, most recently at the Santa Fe Art Institute in August 2017. They have also been featured in Femme Rebelle Magazine, Zahiya Magazine, Ellements Body, Dispatch Magazine, This: Travel & Style and Revista Fang. Aquarius Funkk is a child of the Royal House of LaBeija, the pioneering house of vogue ballroom.