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Worship Queer Collective lifts Sydney’s art and music space into a new Dynasty

Worship Queer Collective proudly present the upcoming Dynasty Launch Party, an innovative creation to celebrate Queer Asian Excellence.

Assembling a juggernaut lineup of LGBTQI+ and Asian identifying artists, prepare yourselves for Worship Queer Collective’s Dynasty Launch Party. The event, taking place on December 3rd at The Red Rattler Theatre, is the colour-bursting firework to ignite a local movement of inclusivity and acceptance for Asian folks of different identities and ethnicities.

We asked Worship Queer Collective’s founder, Dyan Tai, and accompanying artists, to give us an insight into their fantastically exciting world of dance, music and arts.

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From left to right (clockwise): Red Rey, Manish Interest, Cassandra The Queen, AnSo, Ivory Glaze, DJ Rakish, and Dyan Tai

Dyan Tai

Self-described as the Asian empress of the gay streets of Sydney, Dyan Tai has emerged from the stages of the local cabaret scene and now evolved into a pop artist. As the founder of Worship Queer Collective, Dyan’s dedication to his music and activism saw him handpicked for the prestigious 2021 Generations Fellowship by Create NSW, Powerhouse Museum, and Astral People.

He was also featured on the Chinese-Australian episode of the ABC iView’s award-winning series, You Can’t Ask That, and you might have heard his new single, Narrative, which received high rotation on local radio.

RED REY

RED REY is a Filiipnx, genderqueer DJ, performer, event producer, and radio presenter. They are a co-founder of ANTE, a QTIPOC arts collective and co-producer of Worship Queer Cabaret alongside Dyan Tai.

They can also be heard on FBi Radio’s Kings & Queens segment, plus The AllNighter. Expect transcendent costumes, the blending of techno with queer, club, and world sounds, and infectious dancing behind the decks. RED REY has recently performed across Australia with Club Mince, BARBA, Leak Your Own Nudes, Athletica, and Heaps Gay.

AnSo

As a self-described sculptor of sound existing and creating on Gadigal land, South Korean artist, AnSo’s works are ever-evolving. Like a blob of clay on a throwing wheel, the hands of the sculptor, feeling, moulding, collapsing, rising.

Come Find Me will be their third release after their previous hyperpop coming-out single, So Damn Loud. The new single captures a darker side of AnSo, diving into harsh realities and painful experiences growing up as an inevitably naïve female in an unforgiving world. AnSo’s music is raw and confronting, the back-and-forth weave of Korean and English lyrics representing the way their thoughts sound in their head.

AnSo’s sonic uniqueness comes from their love of field recordings and collecting found sounds, manipulating, distorting, and sculpting noise to how they see fit, creating a world of experimental pop that is entirely AnSo’s to explore and share.

Cassandra

Born in a global pandemic, Cassandra started venue hopping for open-performance events in February 2021. She aims to bring Filipino pageant elegance and theatrical performances to the bars near you.

If you were to go to her shows, be prepared for a roller coaster of emotions. She brings power ballads and soulful songs to life – from Whitney to Beyonce, she will surely give you the full performance you deserve.

Manish Interest

Manish Interest is a Sri Lankan Tamil Drag King who wants to show people that brown guys can be sexy, and fulfil his life-long dream of being in a boyband. He has no tolerance for racism and tries hard to be a feminist, though the results are mixed.

Manish is a storyteller, using comedy and dance – including traditional Bharathanatyam dancing – to tell stories of being a brown dude in contemporary Australia.

 

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Ivory Glaze

I think the local drag scene isn’t ready for what Dynasty is about to bring. Asian performers are typically not given the same opportunity to entertain audiences and take up queer spaces.

But with such a rich and diverse culture to draw from, Dynasty is going to provide you with a huge variety of entertainment all while highlighting the different Asian subcultures which are commonly lumped together as one.

 

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Grab your tickets to the Dynasty Launch Party here.