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Lys Obsidian

Lys Obsidian, also known as Obsidian Absurd, is a New York based vaudeville performer and dancer. Obsidian dances butoh, belly dance, and burlesque, and is known for challenging concepts of femininity through use of hair in her performances. Obsidian is best known for her bearded lady act, in which she seduces and stuns audiences with a combination of belly dance fusion and sword balancing. She is an active member of the avant-garde dance troupe Deep Tanks Butoh and currently produces Staten Island's only vaudeville show and queer nightlife event "Kala Lolo: A Night of Queer Amusements", which received a grant for 2015 from Staten Island Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.