Paris is burning for Kiddy Smile, because he’s the one who started the fire. When he burst into global recognition in 2016 with “Let A Bitch Know”, a feisty, proud declaration of his own identity, he’d already set the French capital’s renascent voguing and ballroom culture aflame. For Kiddy, who grew up in the housing projects of the Parisian suburbs, music and performance offered a place where he could express himself, refracting his own experiences through pointed lyrics and sharp choreography. On his 2018 album, mockingly entitled “One Trick Pony”, the versatile performer refined the formula, exploring intimate and personal subjects to the backdrop of euphoric, liberated house music. A Kiddy Smile show is always a performance, but never an act: it’s 100% Kiddy Smile, 100% of the time.