Founded in May 2016, Virago Nation is an award-winning collective of First Nations burlesque performers on a mission to rematriate Indigenous sexuality. The Viragoes believes that all people, especially Indigenous women, deserve a healthy and fun relationship with their bodies. Virago Nation has been featured at festivals and events across Turtle Island including Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Ottawa ON, Toronto ON, and Las Vegas NV. They have been internationally recognized as a leading troupe in the burlesque arts community.
A Virago is a is a woman who demonstrates exemplary and heroic qualities. She is a female warrior. She is a woman not afraid of transgressing the dominant culture’s gender expectations. We believe there is an inner Virago in all Indigenous women.
In Virago Nation Presents: … the members of Virago Nation invite you to take a journey into the world of Indigenous sexuality through unapologetic and empowered burlesque performances. Through humour, seduction, pop culture and politics they will show that Aboriginal women will not be confined to the colonial virgin-whore dichotomy but will design a new dynamic and multi-faceted sexual identity rooted in their own desires.