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Kimmel Center Presents

Sasha Velour's Smoke & Mirrors

Tuesday
Nov 12, 2019
8:00 PM
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Overview

"Smoke & Mirrors," Sasha Velour's first one-queen theatre tour, is an effortless blend of drag, visual art, and magic. Velour introduces audiences to a whole new side of her artistry, through 13 dazzling and genre-busting lip-synch performances, all directed and choreographed by the queen herself. You'll be on the edge of your seat as she explodes into rose petals, vanishes in a poof of smoke, saws herself in half, conjures a rainstorm, even transforms into a tree in front of your eyes (to name just a few). But the real magic is the way that these illusions and deceptions serve to unmask deeper truths, sparking fresh analysis of gender, fame, family, and the importance of dreaming big and living life over-the-top.

Featuring the music of Annie Lennox, Whitney Houston, Shirley Bassey, Judy Garland, Celine Dion, Sia, Nina Simone, Le Tigre and more. Video created by Sasha Velour. Costumes designed by long-time collaborated Diego Montoya. Sasha Velour's "Smoke & Mirrors" toured Australia and New Zealand in January 2019, had a sold-out 8-night New York City residency in March 2019, and limited sold-out engagements in Los Angeles and London, to rave reviews.

VIP ticket holders will receive a digital photograph with Sasha Velour. 

"The intensely personal [Smoke & Mirrors] shows what a top-of-her-game queen Velour really is, both as an artist and as a storyteller."
- Paper Magazine

"[Velour's] most spectacular stage gambit yet"
- Time Out New York

"Smoke & Mirrors' is a spellbinding tour de force."
- Forbes

"A blend of music, magic tricks and runway-worthy looks."
- V Magazine

"The drag icon is constantly reinventing herself, and it's our privilege to watch her do it."
- NYLON

"[Smoke & Mirrors] is a spectacular display of chaotic, Celine-Dion fueled fantasy...a kind of vivid dream."
- Mashable

"Prepare to 'ooh' and 'ahh' in amazement for a show like no other."
- Time Out London

""Smoke & Mirrors" is a big, glittery spectacle, befitting a queen of her stature, but it's also, in many ways, art in hyperfocus."
- Bedford + Bowery

"Velour is a genre unto herself."
- The Theater Times

"Velour is one of the great theatre-makers of our time."
- CultureBot

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