Experience spectacular performances from Chicago’s Asian American Pacific Islander community! It’s a jam-packed weekend of burlesque, bellydancing, poetry, circus arts, drag, music, cultural dance, and more.
Experience nerd delight with cosplay and wonder in a circus cabaret featuring artists who have performed from Germany to India! As seen on UK Channel 4 TV, MSN, and Chicago Tribune. These shows often sell out.
"Set phasers to stunning." - The Daily Mail (UK)
Catch some of Chicago's finest burlesque, belly dance, drag, and variety entertainers plus screenings of incredible digital content.
Specialty cocktails, intimate tables and a true speakeasy feel make this a memorable experience - bring your tipping dollars for an interactive night you'll never forget.
Join an all-star cast of Asian and Pacific Islander performers from diverse backgrounds and artistic voices!
Fire + Dragons wraps up the weekend with an all-star cast of performers featuring cultural dance, comedy, burlesque, and more!
Classes are open to all humans of all identities. All genders and bodies encouraged.
Mesmerize your audience while standing still, and leave them hanging on your every look.
Create characters that appear larger than life, turning audience members into friends (or minions who will do exactly what you want them to!). Express real emotion rather than simply pasting on facial expressions. And tell stories without using words. We'll apply acting techniques directly to movement and dance, and you'll leave with concrete ways to leave an unforgettable impression on your audience.
For all movement-based performers (burlesque, drag, dance, circus, etc.).
Dawn Xiana Moon has sung the National Anthem for the Chicago Bulls and danced on Britain's Got Talent; she was named "Best Stage Performer" (2020, 2019), "Best Dancer" (2019, 2022), and "Best Choreographer" (2022) by the Chicago Reader.
She is the founder/director of Raks Geek / Raks Inferno, a bellydance, circus, and fire performance company that has earned international accolades - they’ve been featured on MSN, Chicago Tribune, and UK Channel 4 TV. She also has a degree in Theatre from the University of Michigan and over 25 years of formal actor training and performing experience. We'll apply acting techniques directly to dance and movement, and you'll leave with concrete ways to blow your audience's minds.
Explore the foundational Qigong forms in this interactive and experiential workshop. In 60 minutes, you'll experiment with the forms and its adaptations (yay, inclusion and accessibility) so you can add this practice to your wellness routines (from a morning meditation and pre-workout warmup to in-between-Zoom-meeting re-centering). Then, you'll engage in a brief conversation about wellness, equity, liberation, and cultural appropriation.
All bodies and experiences are welcomed. Come curious and come as you are. Comfortable clothes and compassionate hearts recommended.
Crocodile Lightning uses the art of striptease to rekindle the connection with her body and femme sensuality. Similarly, she uses performance arts both to unpack the socially-constructed notions of gender and to express her courage, vulnerability, and resilience. Crocodile Lightning incorporates self-compassion and mindfulness practices in her performances and teachings as she invites the audience to challenge the status quo and awaken to the moment-to-moment vitality of life.
In celebration of AAPI Heritage Month, The Newport Theater hosts a full three-day festival of fringe arts from Chicago’s Asian American Pacific Islander community. It’s a jam-packed weekend of burlesque, bellydancing, poetry, circus arts, drag, music, cultural dance, and more!
Dawn Xiana Moon is the Founder/Director of Raks Geek / Raks Inferno, a bellydance and fire performance company that's been featured on MSN, UK Channel 4 TV, WGN-TV, and more. She herself was named "Best Stage Performer" (2020, 2019), "Best Dancer" (2019, 2022), and "Best Choreographer" (2022) by the Chicago Reader. She appeared on Britain's Got Talent in 2020.
Dawn is also a musician who's performed in 10 states, released 2 albums, and sung the national anthem for the Chicago Bulls; her music is a blend of folk/pop with influences from jazz and traditional Chinese music. She was named runner up for "Best Singer-Songwriter" (2019) and "Best International/World Music Act" (2020) by the Chicago Reader.
Bazuka Joe is an international burlesque and cabaret performer with over 20 years experience touring professionally. He also produces shows for the Burlesque Hall of Fame, Newport Theater, Links Hall, and is the director of Newport Theater Camp.
Originally trained as a jazz and contemporary dancer, he also is skilled in vault staff and puppeteering. Major highlights in his career include performing with Sublime Boudoir, Alan Cumming, and Liza Minelli.
Crocodile Lightning has twirled her signature ribbons and performed across the USA and in New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, and Canada.
Crocodile Lightning was crowned the 2019 Queen Ambassador of the Noire Pageant. She was the headliner at the 7th Fierce! Queer Performing Arts Festival in Columbus, OH in May, 2019 and the featured performer and the winner of the Biggest Tease award at the 7th Oklahoma City Burlesque Festival in June, 2019. She was also the 2019 1st runner up of the Grand Master Funk at the What The Funk All PoC Burlesque Festival.
The Newport Theater is Chicago's home for fringe theater. This 125-seat theater features an innovative mix of artist-produced burlesque, drag, comedy, and variety shows, with a bar featuring a selection of craft beers, cheap beers, wine, soft drinks and mixed drinks (no food/no minimum).
The Newport features a diversity of voices, perspectives, and attitudes while steadfastly providing exceptional entertainment.
Our theater is up a flight of 21 stairs (plus a step up off the street) with railings on both sides of the staircase. We do have a separate entrance with dual railings if you prefer a private entrance that is less trafficked. We can also plan seating to accommodate your preferences (i.e. seating you near an exit with close access to a single stall, wheelchair-accessible gender-neutral restroom).
We believe everyone should have access to the theater, so we're happy to work with you to ensure the best experience. Email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help you have the best night possible.
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