© 2020 Samet Durgun


At the “House of Royals”, a dance collective based in Berlin, “royalty” is not based on heritage. Royalty is exercised in full makeup and couture, celebrating complex forms of culture. The “House” is a space for queer and trans refugees who fled their home due to wars, their families, or state laws in Turkmenistan, Malaysia, Syria, Libya, and others.

This visual poetry you are about to witness invites you into the world of Berlin’s royalty. They could either be portrayed in the intimacy of their homes or pausing for a smoke break in between shifts. Their highnesses may also be seen dancing on stages which were once occupied by the likes of David Bowie and Iggy Pop, or simply at a small, local queer bar. Regardless of where they are, members of the “House of Royals” pay tribute to a royal ancestry of resistance and celebration, which has defined Berlin’s history and culture.