As they are now: (Back) Salim Gauwloos, Oliver Crumes, Carlton Wilborn, Kevin Stea. (Front) Luis Camacho, Jose Gutierez (Promotional movie image © Linda Posnick)
Jose & Luis—two of Madonna’s dancers from her iconic Blond Ambition World Tour—are seen in interviews conducted for a new documentary that covers the tour and the resulting doc Truth or Dare.
Yes, a documentary about the making of a documentary!
Strike a Pose, directed by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan, rounds up all of the surviving dancers (Gabriel Trupin died of AIDS more than 20 years ago) for what sounds like a candid, if not exactly combative, remembrance of Madonna, of a high point in her career and of how their lives as gay (and one straight) men changed due to immediate and international scrutiny.
Jose Gutierez (Movie still via Strike a Pose)
Jose Gutierez remembers Madonna asking to see vogueing when auditioning the dancers:
She saw raw talent, she saw character … young artist expression is the best. Spoke my mind—just like she did.
Luis Camacho (Movie still via Strike a Pose)
Luis Camacho offers this pointed analysis of the troupe’s effeminacy, as captured in Truth or Dare, a trait that at the time repulsed hetero dancer Oliver Crumes:
We carried our flamboyance as a warning. Yes, we have earrings on. Yes, we have eyeliner on. But don’t mistake any of this [Laughs] for weakness.
Can’t wait to see this film, which just struck a distribution deal.
Check out the standing O the film received in Berlin:
Madonna’s "Blond Ambition World Tour" dancers are back!