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Queen of the Heavens and of the Earth, Empress of Despair, and Architect of Your Eternal Suffering, Olympia Bukkakis began performing while completing a BA in social theory at Melbourne University in Australia and kick-started the local alternative drag scene with her party Pandora’s Box. She has collaborated with Australian queer theatre company Sisters Grimm on a number of projects including Summertime in the Garden of Eden.

Since moving to Berlin in 2012, she has organised, curated, and moderated various queer performance nights including Get Fucked, Fancy, and Apocalypse Tonight. Since 2015 she has organised and hosted Queens Against Borders, a performance event in solidarity with trans and queer refugees. In recent years she has begun to perform in contemporary dance and performance contexts, performing in Jeremy Wade’s Between Sirens and Human Resources and in 2019 she completed a Masters in Solo Dance Authorship at the Inter-University Centre for Dance (HZT) in Berlin with her graduation piece Tales From a State of Shemergency.

Since then she has premiered her work, Gender Euphoria, as part of the 2019 Tanztage festival at Sophiensaele in Berlin, as well as co-authoring Work on Progress, a performative manifesto with Isabel Gatzke that was presented as part of The Future is Not Enough festival at HAU Berlin. In December she co-authored Under Pressures with Isabel Gatzke and Camille Lacadee and this was presented as part of Im/possible Spaces at Theaterhaus Gessnerallee in Zurich. Most recently she premiered another solo work, A Touch of the Other, during the Riska & Resilience festival at Stophiensaele in October 2020.

As well as performing, moderating and giving workshops, Olympia has published a number of writing pieces. Gender Euphoria: Trans and Nonbinary Identities in Drag was published by Bloomsbury as part of Contemporary Drag Practices and Performers: Drag in a Changing Scene. A polemic titled A Case for the Abolition of Men will soon be available through the HKW.

Her practice is situated within, and inspired by, the tensions and intersections between queer nightlife and contemporary dance and performance.