Monday, November 28, 2011
Beyonce's Sin City
The name of Beyoncé's latest video is called "Dance for You". The style of it is not so much noir, as it is noooooooooooiiiiiiir. I keep typing "Sexy Sexy Chinatown" and then deleting it. (Sorry). But I wrote notes on some of this for Grantland.
We hear about actors immersing themselves in role, but with Beyoncé that dynamic is reversed. Every premise or aesthetic conceit in her videos is subsumed by her Beyoncéness. She's an auteur. The choreography has grammar and syntax. Her hips are articulate, fluent, multilingual. It's all about the dancing.
This is how I imagine Beyoncé's creative pitch meetings going:
Excerpts from Beyoncé's Pitch Meeting:
D(irector): How about you are the President of the United States?
B: And then, what? Do you think I just like maybe in the middle of the speech start dancing and grinding until the song is finished?
D: Well, sure…I mean, looking at it, that works. can't argue with it. and you have that song "if women are presidents" or whatever.
B: cool. you are so special to me
D: How about you are an alien, eating the world, stomping men out.
B: And then, I don't know, maybe my tail slowly starts to come alive and...
D: hmmm… something like that makes sense. and it's a good song, this one about women being aliens who take over the earth. strong message.
B: yeah, but we have to spice it up a bit.
B: maybe the alien should be real sexy. and almost be like a sexy humanoid who makes the world desire her/him. oooh, it should be a her and a him!
D: How about a recreation of Nightmare on Elm St.?
B: Am I Freddy Kreuger?
B: guys, this time i want to get back to my roots. just some good ol' fashioned sexy dancing! who's with me???
D: how about it's in a museum and you're one of the dinosaur skeletons?
B: will I only be dressed in sexy bones?
AnyBey, you probably get the idea. Don't quote me on this, it's highly speculative.
But I almost feel self-conscious joking because the video is sooo sexy. It's like that awkward, don't-want-to-have-sex-moment. And with Beyoncé your brain is like, you should be CALLING A FRIEND and SAYING "yo, you see that, yo, OMG, oh snap, yo" high-five. Boredom is not allowed. Makes me think about Jay-Z. His [redacted] must be like "I DIDN'T SIGN UP FOR THIS KIND OF PRESSURE, WTFFFF!!"
Still, the video, and life itself, is worth it just for the melodic "swirlin' in your face." Forever hot and/or hilarious there.
She also explains the whole initiative with "this is for the time,you gave me flowers..." So I guess what I've been trying to say here is... GET YOUR LADIES SOME FLOWERS, FELLAS!
Another One: Beyonce's "Dance For You" Video [Grantland]
BONUS: if the noir thing throws you off. or if you just want to practice, here's some rehearsal footage: