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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 hosted 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. Her most recent full length work Gender Euphoria premiered at Sophiensaele in Berlin as part of the 2019 Tanztage festival.

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