Dia Dear (they/them) is a performance artist and dancer based on unceded Yelamu, Ramaytush, Ohlone lands. Their work is rooted in drag - they began performing at legendary queer bars The Stud and Aunt Charlies. Their art combines gay club aesthetics of appearance, movement, and attitude with their opposites. They use trickery, sincerity, and pop culture to create visually fascinating images and emotionally visceral performance.
They are currently working on a multimedia performance piece combining drag, guided movement, and writing about the pandemic, inspired by chronic illness and pain, disability, and trans embodiment titled Sick Dance. 'Sick Dance' is funded by The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, California Arts Council, Zellerbach, as well as individual donations and patrons.
PSA: harm reduction includes masks ; No Pride Without Disabled & Immunosuppressed Community, duh!