Le Pustra (born 1 July 1977) is an actor, singer, salonnier and kunstfigur who has performed in European cabaret and variety since 2006 but is best known as the creative director of the Weimar Cabaret inspired theatre play Le Pustra's Kabarett der Namenlosen. Le Pustra incorporates elements of Theatre, Drag and Fashion in his work and is often seen in macabre white face make-up, resembling a Weimar porcelain doll or Commedia dell'arte's Pierrot figure.
Le Pustra's colorful and eclectic career includes various highlights: In 2010, Le Pustra produced and directed a fashion video for Serbian designer Marko Mitanovski which were screened at London Fashion Week, London's Selfridges and Malaysian International Fashion Week. The short fashion film, Mr Pustra’s Lament Act II was selected to screen at Diane Pernet's Film Festival, 'A Shaded View on Fashion Film' in Milan, Italy in June 2012. That same year Le Pustra walked in London Fashion Week for designer Ziad Ghanem and was invited back the following year. Le Pustra also modelled for fashion designer Ivana Pilja in 2013 and they collaborated once again for Berlin Alternative Fashion Week in September 2015 and March 2016. Other credits include a fashion campaign for the now defunct Air Berlin, a cameo in the fashion film: 'The Dionysian' directed by Stephen Lally.
In early 2011, Le Pustra co-produced and wrote an all-male Vaudevillian/Circus themed show entitled 'Villains' which was produced in Rome's Teatro Palladium. The show co-starred RuPaul’s Drag Race UK contestant Joe Black. The show returned to Rome for one night only on 5 September 2011 at the Villa Celimontana Festival.
On 23 October 2012, Le Pustra was invited by Amanda Palmer to join a live musical saw performance (dubbed a Saw-chestra) and accompanying Neil Gaiman's live rendition of Leon Payne's song "Psycho". The Saw-chestra members included Le Pustra, Victor Victoria from musical duo, EastEnd Cabaret and Adrian Stout from cult Cabaret group, The Tiger Lillies.
Other Cabaret appearances include: The Royal Academy of Arts, Skibo Castle, Wilton's Music Hall, The Box (London), Venice Carnival, Life Ball (Vienna), Södra Teatern (Stockholm), Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Wintergarten Varieté (Berlin), Madame JoJo's (London), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Schirn Kunsthalle (Frankfurt), Coney Island (New York) and Perth World Fringe Festival. Club nights include The Face by Steve Strange, Torture Garden, Act ART and Club Room Service by drag queen DJ and party promoter Jodie Harsh.
Le Pustra's image have been published in British & Italian Vogue, Hunger Magazine, Reuters, French Playboy, I-d, Dark Beauty Magazine and Spindle Magazine. Photo books on nightlife and clubbing culture include 'New Club Kids: London Party Fashion in the Noughties' by photographer, Oggy Yordanov, 'What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches' by Peaches (musician) 'Night Flowers' by Damien Frost, 'Boy Story' by Magnus Arrevad, 'In der Fremde: Pictures from Home' by Romeo Alaeff and 'The Fantastic World of Atelieri O. Haapala'.
Photo: Mimikry Berlin (2012)
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