Although you’d likely be forgiven for scratching your head about what a contemporary ballet-infused music video might look like, The Fabulous TT (also known as Tish Tindall) delivers an engaging example of such a piece in her latest release, You’re in My Head. Described as a “taster” of pieces to come, You’re in My Head portrays Scottish dancer Taylor Stuart performing a series of modern choreography to the title track from the upcoming film, Catch the Moon Mary.
Aesthetics of dance and film
Throughout You’re in My Head, viewers are treated to a series of clips which encompass a short piece of dance choreographed to the haunting notes of a piano. At times, transitions, fades, and distortion effects stylize the performance, amplifying the effects of the music and choreography. At other times, the focus remains on dancer Taylor Stuart and the choreography she performs, letting it speak for itself. For this writer, who has long admired the precision and persistence of dancers, viewing modern ballet through the lens of digital video provided a window with which to truly marvel at Stuart’s performance.
Fabulous TT offers a colorful visual journey
Beyond pairing music with specific angles, the music video format explored in You’re in My Head also offers the opportunity for color to play an integral role in the journey of the piece. While traditionally staged dance pieces may feature elaborate lighting, in this work the deep blues that saturate the first minute and a half of the piece don’t just color the dancer or her environment; they color her world. This choice of stylizing mood continues throughout the piece, as blues shift to cool violets and purples before abruptly switching to dynamic, fiery oranges and reds. This switch partners with a dramatic shift in the musical accompaniment, ultimately creating a more consistent and harmonious visual journey for the piece. When the color returns to the cooler tones of the beginning of the dance, paired with superimposed images of the moon, you come to realize that the journey is coming to its conclusion without ever breaking from the spell this music video has cast over you.
While perhaps a nontraditional form to some, for this writer a music video approach was the perfect encapsulation of You’re in My Head. Its short duration and stylish choices served to effectively communicate the journey of both song and dancer, resulting in a completely immersive viewing experience.
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