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City Gallery

Aitu Ball: Instructions for Walkers

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Khiyara Aitu, a judge for this year’s Aitu Ball, says, ‘Vogue is telling a story—and this is you ending it. It’s like the full stop to your sentence.’ Last weekend, Pati Solomona Tyrell was in Wellington, running workshops for the Ball, to be held at City Gallery on Thursday night. He just gave us some instructions for the walkers outlining the sequence of events in advance of the big night. We thought we’d share them.

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The categories start with tens. One by one each competitor must walk/vogue in front of the judges with the requirements of their category and theme. The judges will give you either a tens or a chop. You must receive tens from all the judges in order to move forward to the battle rounds. If you receive a chop, it means unfortunately you did not make it to the next round. Please do not take it personally. It just means work on your craft and bring it a little harder in the next ball. In the battle rounds, everyone who received tens from all judges will then battle one on one until the final person, who becomes the winner.
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OTA Runway
Burn! Burn! Burn! In the spirit of protest! Bring it to the runway in your interpretation of a fire effect, along with a placard with a message. Judged on participants’ ability to walk like a supermodel. Open to all. No dancing!!! Strictly model-runway walk, posing, sassy, energy. You are required to have a placard or sign with a message, only for your tens. If you make it to the battle rounds, you don’t need your sign anymore. Think wisely about your sign. Your outfit must be related to the theme of fire. If you are missing a placard or not dressed to theme you will be chopped. [Gallery note: Please no actual fire, smoke, or combustibles.]
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Virgin Vogue
Bring it with an effect in honour of te kore, the void, nothingness. Open to participants who have been voguing for less than one year.​​ For your tens you must skilfully showcase all five elements of vogue: hand performance, cat walk, duck walk, floor, and spins and dips. Your outfit must be related to the theme of the void, nothingness—open to your interpretation. If you are not dressed to theme you will be chopped. 
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OTA Big Body
This is a celebration of luscious, fat, and plus-size bodies in our community. Bring it in your interpretation of an oceanic deity. Judged on confidence and overall effect. Open to all. Walking category. This is all about confidence in your plus-size body, present body in an outfit that relates to the theme of an oceanic deity. In the battle rounds, the presentation of outfit or overall confidence in one’s body may be the difference in who the judges choose. If you are not dressed to theme you will be chopped.
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OTA Bizarre 
Creativity! This category asks for extravagance. Pull inspiration from the natural elements and create a non-human, bizarre effect. Open to all. You must give us a character performance of the creation you have made. Generally, a walking a category with some elements of performance. If you look human you will be chopped. 
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OTA Vogue Performance
Open to all. For your tens you must skilfully showcase all five elements of vogue. Your outfit must be related to the theme of ‘a wild animal’—open to your interpretation. If you are not dressed to theme you will be chopped.
Uses the same structure as Virgin Vogue.