Toronto’s art-dance sibling trio DOOMSQUAD have shared the video for their new single “Dorian’s Closet,” a track honouring legendary drag queen Dorian Corey, best known for her appearing in the film Paris Is Burning. It’s the second single from DOOMSQUAD’s new LP Let Yourself Be Seen out May 10th via Royal Mountain/Bella Union, and is accompanied by a video featuring the celebrated Chilean drag queen Anna Balmanica.
“Dorian Corey was at the heart of the NYC ballroom/vogue scene in the early 80s,” DOOMSQUAD explain. “She was a role-model and matriarchal figure for a lot of queer POC youth. When she passed away, due to AIDS, they discovered a mummified body in her closet dating back to 15 years ago. The body was of an ex-con who was believed to be a controlling and abusive ex-lover, and she carried the body around with her from apartment to apartment over all those years.
“We wanted to tell a much softer and gentler story about a drag queen. One where drag culture has become fully normalized and accepted by society. Where people can feel safe and empowered leaving the house in the middle of the afternoon in drag and carrying out normal day-to-day tasks. Removing the idea around drag culture being exclusively for the night, and carried out in ballrooms, and clubs.”