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Feb 15 2016
They Struck A Pose: Madonna's BLOND AMBITION WORLD TOUR/TRUTH OR DARE Dancers Reunite For Documentary Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 1.21.08 PMAs they are now: (Back) Salim Gauwloos, Oliver Crumes, Carlton Wilborn, Kevin Stea. (Front) Luis Camacho, Jose Gutierez (Promotional movie image © Linda Posnick)

Jose & Luis—two of Madonna's dancers from her iconic Blond Ambition World Tour—are seen in interviews conducted for a new documentary that covers the tour and the resulting doc Truth or Dare.

Yes, a documentary about the making of a documentary!

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 1.21.25 PMStea, the late Gabriel Trupin & Oliver Crumes (Promotional movie image © Lisa Guarnieri)

Strike a Pose, directed by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan, rounds up all of the surviving dancers (Gabriel Trupin died of AIDS more than 20 years ago) for what sounds like a candid, if not exactly combative, remembrance of Madonna, of a high point in her career and of how their lives as gay (and one straight) men changed due to immediate and international scrutiny.

Truth dare dancersJose Gutierez (Movie still via Strike a Pose)

Jose Gutierez remembers Madonna asking to see vogueing when auditioning the dancers:

She saw raw talent, she saw character ... young artist expression is the best. Spoke my mind—just like she did.

Screen Shot 2016-02-15 at 1.34.16 PMLuis Camacho (Movie still via Strike a Pose)

Luis Camacho offers this pointed analysis of the troupe's effeminacy, as captured in Truth or Dare, a trait that at the time repulsed hetero dancer Oliver Crumes:

We carried our flamboyance as a warning. Yes, we have earrings on. Yes, we have eyeliner on. But don't mistake any of this [Laughs] for weakness.

Beautiful people arriving in Berlin!

Posted by Strike a Pose on Sunday, February 14, 2016

Can't wait to see this film, which just struck a distribution deal.

Click here for a positive review from a critic who saw the movie in Berlin. Check out the standing O the film received:  

An ongoing standing ovation here at the berlinale! What a special night! #worldpremiere #strikeaposefilm #blondambitiontour #reunion #berlinfilmfestival

Posted by Strike a Pose on Monday, February 15, 2016