For one of the many events/performances dedicated “…to all those living with HIV who teach us to live with grace, creativity, and courage…” Archie Burnett and members of the House of Ninja celebrated the late Willi Ninja (October 14). Film clips from Sally Sommer’s “Check Your Body At The Door,” Malcolm McClaren’s “Deep in Vogue,” Diane Martel’s “House of Tres,” and Jennie Livingston’s “Paris is Burning” introduced the very expressive and deeply devoted Ninja to those who don’t know him, then the dancing cemented his legacy. After Burnett told stories of his special friendship with Ninja, and shared the story of the House of Ninja, he and the members, in Asian-inspired costumes danced out their take on what the “…House would look like…” through hip hop, house, voguing and so much more! Willi and the House of Ninja lives on!
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