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Madonna’s ‘Blonde Ambition’ Dancers Tell Their Own Stories in New Documentary ‘Strike a Pose’

Madonna's 'Blonde Ambition' Dancers Tell Their Own Stories in New Documentary 'Strike a Pose'

The Panorama main program of the Berlin International Film Festival which kicks off next month, includes “Strike a Pose,” a feature documentary from Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan, which makes it premiere at the Berlinale.

The story courtesy of the filmmakers: In 1990, seven young male dancers joined Madonna on her most controversial world tour – her “Blonde Ambition” world tour. Their journey was captured in her rockumentary, “Truth or Dare.” As a self-proclaimed “mother” to her six gay dancers plus straight Oliver, Madonna used the film to make a stand on gay rights and freedom of expression. The dancers became paragons of pride, inspiring people all over the world to dare to be who you are. Twenty-five years later, the dancers share their own stories about life during and after the tour. What does it really take to express yourself?

The feature documentary was selected for the 2014 IDFA Bertha Fund, formerly known as the Jan Vrijman Fund, which supports documentary filmmakers and festivals in developing countries. Its goal is to stimulate local film cultures and to turn the creative documentary into a truly global film art.

In January 1992, three of the “Blonde Ambition” dancers – Oliver Crumes, Kevin Stea and Gabriel Trupin – filed a lawsuit against Madonna. The suit claimed that their privacy had been invaded during the filming of “Truth or Dare.” I suppose this bit of info will be addressed in “Strike a Pose.” 

The “Truth or Dare” rockumentary followed Madonna on the road, behind the scenes with her “Blonde Ambition” family of backup singers and dancers, and is still considered groundbreaking for it’s candid, matter-of-fact depiction of the private lives of her seven dancers, six of whom were gay.

No trailer yet. But it’s a film that we’ll likely be writing more about in the future, as it travels.

This year’s Berlin International Film Festival runs from February 11 – 21.

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It’s BLOND, not BLONDE; Madonna was genderbending.

Chauncey Dandridge

Excited for this! Especially because they filmed scenes at Stonewall Inn during my annual Madonna Worship Night…when Kevin performed ‘Cherish’ with a violinist! (the same night I sang ‘You Must Love Me’ :)


What the heck is blonde ambition. Get the name of the tour right for Christssake

Marcus B Like

As far as I’m concerned this is the official sequel to Truth or Dare.


Too damn exciting!!


It’s just a bunch of middle aged dancers who fell off the planet and want to drain more money from Madonna’s cash train. It’s be an interesting watch though.

Stephen Mitchell

The E at the end of Blond Ambition was removed because Madonna wanted to say that there was nothing added, it was all her, like removing the E numbers from food. The lack of E is very important in showing what Madonna was about during that era.

Mark white

It’s blond not blonde please get it right


Madonna….one of the Illuminati slaves is old and DONE.


Wow, one of her most famous tours with a follow up documentary and you can’t even get the spelling correct? Great editing.

Vincent Bernard

This is great. Let them tell their own stories! Fabulous.

BTW, who gives a damn if its "blond" or "blonde." Americans spell it with no E, Europeans spell it with an E it. Stop splitting hairs and celebrate them telling their own stories.

Charlotte Damone

I really want to see this. But I still think it was shady of those three to sue the Queen because most of us would jump at a chance like that and she gave them the best opportunity of their lives seems a little ungrateful and greedy if you ask me and I dare them to shade the Queen for she gave them that opportunity they otherwise wouldn’t have. People always trying to get more money when they frivolously spend what they had. It ain’t her fault. Big babies lol but otherwise I hope it’s positive in site to the iconic groundbreaking film��

Chris Ochun Capone



Fyi- It is Blond not Blonde. It is spelled without the e on purpose.

Greg J McCombs

This is great! Actually, the queen suing tuned into a money-making media circus. The dancers were simply asking to be paid for the film as was stipulated in their contracts. They also didn’t sue the queen, per se, but the production company. It brought the queen a lot of attention and that isd always good for her bottom line. It was settled in their favor and that was the end of it. But the media circus has people believing silly things even 25 years later. I wonder what the film will say about the matter, if anything.

Garland carter

I hope that those 3 unknown dancers lost their lawsuit. If it were not for Truth or Dare Strike A Pose would never have happened and they would be stripping in a gay bath house somewhere. Have some decency and say "Thank You"! God sometimes Fags are worse then women! A bunch of cry babies!!

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the movie inspired many people, even myself; to do my own thing, such as creating a fashion line, FU e=fu8 FUunderwear dot com


Dear indiewire, please note there is a mistake in this text. Strike a Pose was pitched at IDFA Forum, the festival’s co-financing and co-production market, and not supported by IDFA Bertha Fund, which indeed supports filmmakers from developing countries. This documentary is a Dutch production and doesn’t meet the IDFA Bertha Fund formal criteria.


Madonna and Janet Jackson had the most beautiful men in the music videos. Gay or straight – their dancers and featured love interests were gorgeous. Damn.

Ryan Ciccone

OMG..I cannot wait for this!!!

Susan Velazquez

This story needed to be told now it’s here, watch it! It’s save so many people for many different reason I’m so happy I get to witness this magical moment !

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