Choke Hole

Born from the illegal warehouse parties of New Orleans.... Comes the ultimate hybrid of Sensationalist Pro-Wrestling and Gender-bending Performance.

"In the distant future and in a society that is just a distorted version of our world today, CHOKE HOLE is the most popular form of entertainment, regularly broadcast in front of millions of viewers. What a judicial system to resolve disputes between absurd citizens of Choke Hole, grew into a gladiator-esque cultural and capitalist phenomenon. "

The drag-wrestling phenomenon CHOKE HOLE is a multimedia performance happening in a class of its own, which looks at the traditionally macho world of wrestling through a queer lens and thus emphasizes and reinforces the extravagant and comical elements of professional wrestling. The performers appropriate the ring to come up with ideas of the spectacle and American absurdity
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Her loud and lascivious shows, which mostly take place in abandoned warehouses in New Orleans, combine choreographed show fights, lip sync performances, acting and pre-recorded "backstage dramas" into an immersive nightlife experience. Launched in 2018, CHOKE HOLE has grown into one of the most hyped underground events in America, which has been written about in numerous publications such as the New York Times and Vice, and for which even Academy Award winner and screen legend Susan Sarandon fought for a front row seat.

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CURRENT & upcoming performances
January 28, 2023
January 28, 2023

Choke Hole: Boob Camp

CHOKE HOLE returns! The New Orleans based and internationally acclaimed “Extreme Drag Wrestling” show returns to Kampnagel for the first time since their triumphant 2021 debut. The wrestling collective recently wrapped up a residency at AREA15 in Las Vegas and are now on the hunt for new talent, hosting CHOKE HOLE : BOOB CAMP, a week long workshop at Kampnagel theatre to pass on their extreme drag wrestling knowledge. Ten participants will take part in a rigorous curriculum, learning everything necessary to become a trained CHOKE HOLE performer. Then they’ll “graduate” at a final show, where students will showcase what they’ve developed - framed by show fights by CHOKE HOLE professionals and followed by a set by Choke Hole performer, self-proclaimed "Body Building Barbie" and international DJ celebrity Miss Toto (Chicago). Let's get ready to rumble! CHOKE HOLE places a queer lens on the traditionally machismo world of wrestling, using drag and queer performance to intensify and make apparent the inherently flamboyant and camp elements of professional wrestling. The event itself combines lip sync performances, choreographed wrestling matches, acting, character building, and video elements to create an overarching storyline, which builds a fully immersive nightlife experience. CHOKE HOLE wrestlers and matches are defined by one of the most important queer performative tools, exaggeration. From a crazed real estate investor fighting for her right to gentrify against an alien-bug squatter, to a washed up pop star, and a conspiracy-spouting white-dread-sporting cop, the show reflects what we see and experience locally and culturally, but amps it up to ridiculous heights.