Gizem's novel now available in paperback

Gizem Mut's new novel Arenia and the Golden Key is now available on Kindle, as well as paperback on Amazon.

"Arenia is a shy young woman troubled with fears and insecurities living an ordinary life in a big city. All that is about to change when she falls into a fantastical, dreamlike world. As she searches for a way back home, she embarks on a journey encountering bizarre and deadly creatures at every turn. Arenia must distinguish between what is reality and what is an illusion if she is to survive. She must learn to make choices between fear and courage, between risk and comfort . . . or someone else will make them for her. Blending myths & legends, dream and reality into an inspiring tale of self-discovery and transformation, ARENIA & The Golden Key is for readers, both men and women, across all generations."

A Note Post US Election

As we watched the results of the US election come in in the early hours of the morning from Berlin, a slow panic set in. When it was announced that Donald Trump was officially the president-elect, the numbness came.

When we awoke just a few hours later, our first thought was, we need to cancel the campaign. Even a project supporting and portraying artists of color, women, the LGBTQ community, and one that highlights various current crises - a word that now almost seems too weak to compare last night’s tragedy - seems meaningless in the face of what has happened. Toni Morrison said, “This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence. No room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.” And while we do believe that our films will become part of the social fabric that will eventually lead to a better, more compassionate, more educated society, it also feels utterly ludicrous to be self-promoting and asking people to donate to an art-house trilogy. So we decided it would be best to suspend the campaign.

Fast-forward to a few hours later, and we’re suddenly defiant. We can’t just stop everything we’ve been doing, stop creating the work we love because a racist, bigoted, sexist, hatemonger just became president-elect of the United States. Not only because we need the money to finish these films and we need to reshoot this winter, or we will have to wait another whole year to do so; but also because that would be letting hate and fear take control of our lives. And that’s not something we believe in doing.

So yes, we fully recognize the triteness of our needing to finish these films in light of Donald Trump being elected. And yes, we understand that people have much bigger things on their minds right now, than supporting a Kickstarter campaign. But we’re asking you anyway to please donate just a little of your time and a little of your money to helping us make these films, which are filled with a myriad of characters and themes that explore and defy the sad events plaguing our times.

We have 98 wonderful backers, but things have slowed down in the last few days and we need to regain momentum. We were selected today by Indiewire as ‘Project of the Day,’ and are featured on their front page. You can have a look here:

Indiewire Project of the Day

On Friday, readers will vote for their favorite project of the week. Please take a moment to vote for us, it only takes a couple of seconds and a click.

Our next live stream event will be on Friday and will feature some of our dancers, who will introduce you to and show you how to do their stretching routine. A great way to de-stress after this crazy week. We will send out details with the exact time tomorrow. Please tune in!

Thank you. Our thoughts are with our friends in the US during these hard times. <

Berlin Voguing Out

This is a truly special party put on by House of Melody. Don't miss it!

3.11.2016, 20:00 / HAU2
Berlin Voguing Out - Performance Night
mit: Paleta Calm Quality (UK), House of Melody (DE), Matyouz LaDurée, Diva Ivy Balenciaga, Keiona Lanvin (FR)

Berlin Voguing Out PERFORMANCE NIGHT ist eine Plattform für außergewöhnliche Künstler*innen aus der internationalen Voguing- and Ballroom Community, die ihre Kreationen ausserhalb der Ballroom Szene auf einer klassische Theater Bühne präsentieren. An diesem Abend werden verschiedene Kurzstücke von aktiven Voguern präsentiert, die Voguing als Bühnensprache nutzen.

4.11.2016, 21:00 Uhr / HAU2
Berlin Voguing Out - Incrediball
Artists: Sina Ebony (USA/NY), Archie Burnett (USA/NY), Stanley Milan (USA/NY), Jack Mizrahi (USA/NY), Vjuan Allure (USA/WA), Mother Leo Melody & the House of Melody (DE/BLN), u.a.
ab 24:00 Uhr Aftershow-Party

Wir zelebrieren fünf Jahre Berlin Voguing Out und die wachsende weltweite Voguing Community mit einem ganz besonderen Voguing Ball: beim diesjährigen INCREDIBALL treffen inspirierende Ballroom Legenden, die seit Jahrzehnten die Ballroom Kultur weltweit prägen, auf die neue Generation von Organisatoren und Akteur*innen.