Strike a Pose


Strike a Pose
reż|dir Ester Gould, Reijer Zwaan | NL, BE | 2016 | 83 min
prod|pro Sander Verdonk, Denis Wigman, Reijer Zwaan, Rosan Boersma zdj|ph Reinout Steenhuizen muz|mus Bart Westerlaken mon|ed Dorith Vinken ob|cast Luis Camacho, Oliver Crumes, Salim Gauwloos, Jose Guitierez, Kevin Alexander Stea, Carlton Wilborn, Madonna dys|dis Against Gravity


In 1990, seven young dancers—Kevin, Oliver, Luis, Carlton, Jose, Gabriel and Salim—set off with Madonna on the Blond Ambition Tour, the most controversial concert tour in her career. Six of them were gay. For these boys in their early twenties, it was a journey of a lifetime, depicted in the documentary In Bed with Madonna by Alek Keshishian in 1991. Madonna used this film to fight for rights of homosexuals, promote freedom of speech, and combat AIDS. These dancers soon became icons of sexual freedom, inspiring people all around the world to reveal their real sexual orientation. Strike a Pose, directed 25 years later, shows what it meant to admit one’s true self, and what consequences it entailed. Apart from being an interesting treat for Madonna’s fans, it is also a portrait of cultural changes of that time. 

Ester Gould (1975) Born in Scotland. Studied film and journalism in Amsterdam and New York (NYU Tisch School of the Arts). Since 2005, she has been directing documentaries for Dutch broadcasters. Her first feature-length documentary, Shout, jointly directed with Sabine Lubbe Bakker, was awarded for Best Film at the London International Documentary Film Festival 2010. Strike a Pose is her third feature-length film.

Reijer Zwaan (1981) Born in Amsterdam. Studied acting at Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in New York and political studies in Amsterdam and New York City. Associate editor at Nieuwsuur (Newshour), the main news broadcast in the Netherlands.

Ester Gould
2016 Strike a Pose. Tancerze Madonny|Strike a Pose
2015 Dziwny romans z własnym ego|A Strange Love Affair with Ego
2010 Shout

Reijer Zwaan
2016 Strike a Pose. Tancerze Madonny|Strike a Pose

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Projekt i realizacja: Tomasz Żewłakow