Blackout: where old crosses new Inuit

All photos: Filip Gielda

BLACKOUT 3900 in Katuaq Cultural Centre was a cross-dressing/cross-cultural music and dance performance.

Inspired by modern music, light and dance, Greenland’s leading LGBT spokesperson blended these elements with traditional culture and drag dancing for a night of fun. We had a chat with Nuka Bisgaard about BLACKOUT 3900 and life:

What’s the concept behind Blackoutt?
I wanted to mix the traditional Greenland style with modern style.

Why mask dancing and drag together? 
The two styles just go perfect together. It has been a dream for a long time. Both styles are a part of me.

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Nuka takes the centre stage

What did you hope to get out of Blackout?
I hoped that we could get together as in the old days but in a more modern way. Instead of the atmosphere and the heat from the (indoor) oil lamp we would create the mood of society with the warmth of the spotlight. It was a chance to provide talented young artists the opportunity to show what they are passionate about in everyday life. I think we succeeded with great style .

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Drum dancing

And the audience?
I hope the audience got a surprise since that’s what I always hope for. To do something different and to cross-borders.

What does it mean for you to dress in drag?
I love to perform and have done so almost my whole life. Whether it has been the theater with my mother as a child or as Tha Diva on stage at the Rådhuspladsen/Town Hall Square, Copenhagen in front of several thousands of people. So that’s where I get my kick and it’s a part of me and my everyday life.

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Blackout 3900

What’s it like to be part of the LBGTQ (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transexual, queer, etc) in Greenland?
It is a perfectly normal feeling. At first I thought about it all the time and it drove me crazy sometimes. Now it is an honor and I am proud of who I am and what I have done for myself and the community.

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Blackout 3900

What are your future plans?
My plans are to keep on doing what I do now. Everything in projects, events, drag, tour and makeup styling.

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Blackout 3900

More on Nuka on film: Nuka Eskimo Diva

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