Perth’s queen of gender mash-up Ginava to try her luck on Australia’s Got Talent
By her own assertion, viewers have never seen anything like Ginava on TV screens before.
The Perth drag performance artist is trying her luck on the new season of Australia’s Got Talent in the hope of breaking down gender stereotypes.
“What I do is not necessarily female impersonation; I prefer to use the term gendermess,” Ginava told AAA.
“It’s using elements of masculinity and femininity and mashing it up in conceptual ways.”
Ginava, real name Blake Anderson, performs monologues from film and TV as if they are her own voice — making for a comical and often biting spectacle.
“I wanted to see if my style of drag could appeal to a more mainstream audience,” she said. “Spoken-word lip-synching is the art of taking dialogue and lip-synching to the track as if it’s your own voice. You’re acting out a scene but it’s like someone is saying your lines off-stage. One of my favourite’s is the Great Dictator’s speech from the Charlie Chaplin film. Even though it was made in 1940, it is still relevant today.”
Under the Gendermess banner, Ginava has performed at Fringe World four years running and in 2019 was shortlisted for both the overall theatre award and the Martin Sims award for her show Split Lip. But she has no idea how the AGT judging panel will respond to her talent.
“I most want to impress Nicole Scherzinger. I think she might love me,” Ginava said.
“What I am doing has never been seen on a platform like this before, so it’s hard to know how they will respond.”
You can catch Ginava’s audition on AGT this Sunday!