Mimi Imfurst Becomes 1st American Drag Queen to Play Cuba
On New Years Eve Dec 31, 2016, Mimi Imfurst became the first American drag queen to perform in Cuba. A former "RuPaul's Drag Race" contestant and 2017 current reigning Miss'd America, Mimi Imfurst met with with the Cuban government's LGBT organization, El Proyecto Divino, to organize the performance.
Mimi was provided 8 dancers and a short 90-minute rehearsal to put the performance together. The dancers had never even heard Madonna's "Express Yourself" before.
There were a lot of challenges as the dancers did not speak English and Mimi Imfurst did not speak Spanish. With the aid of a translator, everyone came together to create the historic performance in hopes that it will inspire American and Cuban relations to continue to improve.
"The moment was overwhelming, the idea that we can come together to create a piece of art- to come together- to "Express Ourselves" and encourage others to think about the possibilities that lay before us when we try to bridge the divides that stand between us. My trip to Cuba was life changing. I got to experience the rich history and culture of Cuba by living in their houses and spending the week disconnecting from the outside world. More importantly the Cuban people are incredible. They have fought through a strict embargo and have thrived with nothing more than the tenacity of the human spirit. That is inspiring for us all and at the end of the day, that is what will always win."
In 2017 Mimi Imfurst will produce the first ever ALandCHUCK.travel "DRAG STARS AT SEA" Drag Cruise to Cuba with over 20 "RuPaul's Drag Race" Queens and other international drag stars. It will be the first fully chartered LGBT cruise ship in history and will culminate in a large historic drag party in Havana for more information visit: www.dragstarsatsea.com/mimi
WATCH THE REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE HERE