After first releasing the trailer yesterday, FKA twigs has dropped her Baltimore Dance Project mini-doc. In July, the singer held a free workshop at Lithuanian Hall in Baltimore for dancers 18 and over. Twigs, along with BULLETT favorite Kaner Flex, and other choreographers, were joined by almost 500 people, in a search for additional dancers for twigs’ tour.
The five-hour class built solely from an open-call on Twitter, led to a concert/performance full of passion and the Baltimore spirit. According to the press release, the film showcases “the soul and passion of the people of Baltimore, on one of the hottest days of the year and during a politically charged era, coming together to share passion and be united.”
Filmed exclusively by WeTransfer Studios in Maryland, the 9-minute documentary captures some of Baltimore’s freshest talent and their palpable drive. In a city torn apart by the riots and brutality of last year, Twigs’ Baltimore Dance Project was a coming together for the artistic community.
“When I was thinking about doing a dance project, the obvious places would be LA or New York,” said twigs, “but I thought, ‘Why not go to a place that obviously has so much soul and so much amazing energy? You’ll be able to connect with them rather than being another artist that is just passing through.”
On their website, WeTransfer has put together exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes footage to go along with the Baltimore Dance Project premiere. The black-and-white imagery shows the event’s heightened emotion, and gives an inside look at twigs in her element.
“She was dancing literally next to us, helping us with the choreography, being super human with us which was really beautiful,” said dancer Matthew Livingston. “We know her as twigs this amazing artist, but we got to know her as twigs, somebody on the dancefloor.”
“In the world, especially at the moment, there’s so much tension, so much angst, and so much misunderstanding,” says twigs, in the film. “I just believe through music and art and being creative and expressing ourselves as young people, it’s really important that we’re able to break those barriers, because we’re going to be the next people making this world a safe place. When things are difficult, art always flourishes.”
Watch Baltimore Dance Project, here, and check out some clips, above.