The world is still trying to regain their composure after Teyana Taylor’s incredible appearance in Kanye West’s latest music video, “Fade.” Pitchfork got a chance to talk to the video’s choreographer and artistic director, Jae Blaze, to discuss her dance moves, the meaning behind her cat face makeup and the inspiration behind the video.
When asked about Taylor’s Flashdance-style moves, Blaze notes that through the video, Teyana was able to bring the 1983 movie back into the public conversation for members of today’s day and age.
“I mean, she just took Flashdance to 2016, if you want to put it like that,” she explained of the rampant references to the film. “She brought it to a generation of some people who many not have even seen the movie before! She made it relevant and current right now. Her body is amazing. Her dancing was amazing. She’s just a beast. All in all, it just came together really well.” Blaze also explained that Taylor’s use of different styles of dance, such as hip-hop, waacking and dancehall really made the flavor of the video pop.
“She used so many different elements in her choreography to bring back from the old school to the new school.”
Probably one of the biggest questions fans and critics alike have about the Tidal-exclusive video is Taylor’s metamorphosis into a giant cat woman at the end of the video. Blaze offers up an idea of what that means.
“I think the vision behind that was how amazing Teyana is, and how she’s been on the rise, and how she’s working, and you are now seeing her blossom into this fierce lioness, this fierce cat,” she said. “…You know, the lioness always protects her baby. I think it really is about her coming into her fierceness. And that’s where she is in her life right now. She is blossoming.”
“I’m just so happy for her that this breakthrough has come and everyone is recognizing how talented she is,” she continued. “Because on top of that, the girl can sing! She’s more than a triple-threat. She’s a superwoman.”
I had the pleasure of artistic directing on #KanyeWest #Fade video with some absolutely brilliant people. It felt amazing to be surrounded by artists who think outside the box! @teyanataylor you did that!! A true talent!!!! Big up to all those who made this an epic video!! It looked phenomenal!! #GodBlessedPickney #BodyGoals!! #Untouchable @elirusselllinnetz @katheffernan @fonzbentley @reneluv
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