Deep in Vogue explores the dancers behind the renewed popularity of the dance scene in England. Brought to the mainstream to many by Madonna’s 1990 hit of the same name, voguing dates back to the 1960s. Today in Northern England, dancers have formed Houses that are as much about providing support as they are about having fun.
The documentary starts with interviews from members of the Houses. This provides a quick history that explains how voguing came to England. There is also an explanation about how the Houses came to be. (Four Houses are featured: The House of Suarez, The House of Decay, The House of Cards, and The House of Ghetto.)
Deep in Vogue also deals with the prejudice faced by people. This includes racism, LGBTQ issues, and ideas of masculinity. These are personal tales told by a likable cast. There is also talk about the lack of safe places and internal conflicts. The short length of the documentary prevents some of these stories from going as deep as they should, however.
This may be an intentional decision by the filmmakers. Deep in Vogue is filled with a sense of independence and fun. The stories being told may be more of an ends to a mean. Issues are addressed, but nothing prevents anyone in the film from living their lives. The film does a great job of trying to take power away from ignorance without downplaying the severity of any issues.
Deep in Vogue does this by showing the passion of the dancers. These candid interviews provide insight into what has happened and how it changed their lives. Still, there is a theatricality and color makes for a fun documentary. Nowadays, it can be hard to find a film that celebrates life and creativity. Deep in Vogue looks at the vogue dance halls of Northern England. While it does deal with their struggles, there is also a sense of joy to the whole thing.
Deep in Vogue comes to VOD December 8th
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