Percy Katt’s rise to notoriety began at the age of 17, when he left his parochial home town for New York City to embark on a haute couture modeling career. Despite his achievements, which included runway and magazine work in the world’s fashion capitals, he realized that fashion – in spite of its seductive glamour – lacked the opportunities for creativity and self-expression that he so passionately required. Leaving this life behind, he returned to Canada and reinvented himself as a night-life personality and performance artist.
Throughout these chameleonic transformations, one aspect of his life has remained a constant: his drive to express himself through art. Katt’s work is lurid, narcissistic and risqué, but it also raises important and challenging questions about sexuality, materialism, identity politics, and self-promotion. Over the last ten years he has amassed a portfolio of hundreds of images and videos, appeared in a plethora of live art, burlesque and fashion shows, and, in the process, has collaborated with world-renowned photographers, models, burlesque stars and designers.
Some recent highlights from Katt’s tumultuous career include appearances on LOGO’s documentary “I’m A Stripper”, W Network’s “Who Lives Here?”, featured spreads in both OUT and The Advocate, publishing an art book entitled “Kkunt”, debuting his solo art show “The 9 Lives of Percy Katt” in Sofia, Bulgaria and lecturing at the University of Toronto on his video “Other” and the pornification of pop culture. In addition to his solo ventures, Percy Katt has joined forces with his tantalizing muse Obskyura to form a new creative collective, Kkunt Factory. Together they create provocative multimedia which continues to titillate, inspire and offend.
This finale showcase answers the question: What is the future of burlesque? This last hurrah to our 10th annual festival is a mash up of the punk rock roots of the Toronto neo-burlesque revival scene combined with the hottest modern rebels on today’s bleeding edge. Prepare to see performances that breaks the mold to take […]