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Synchronization of Choreography

C’est merveilleux.  Ma grande prêtresse, elle est merveilleuse.  Lisa from BlackPink is putting out her first solo song a week after Labor Day.  Jennie was the first to do it, then Rose, not sure when Jisoo will get a go at it, but I am so excited for Lisa’s single.  In terms of the music itself, I may or may not be enraptured, but I know the dancing is going to be fantastic (unless the choreography is odd, though, Lisa strikes me as the kind of dancer who can make uninspired or bizarre dance moves look mesmerizingly esoteric). 

Je veux dire, observe the way she moves and the how she looks at the camera.  It feels as if she is looking at me, really, not just at the lens and thus, me:

Objectively, the synchronization of the dance moves in the top video captivates me more than the moves themselves.  I prefer choreography along these lines:

Dreamcatcher practicing:

The Kinjaz performing:

Just Jerk practicing:

And of course, ALiEN (I’ve posted this video before and I’m doing it again parce que je l’adore beaucoup):

Et oui, we must acknowledge the role of editing, lighting, camerawork, wardrobe, hair, makeup, and song selection in the multitude of reactions that these types of dance videos provoke in the viewer.  I realize as well that the vocabulary of all of these dances is similar, but the subtle differences in grammar and punctuation produces enough variation to facilitate a preference for these latter dance crews’ style.

Moreover, the same dance moves will look different depending on who is doing them.  Case in point.  ALiEN did the a choreography demo for the kpop girl-group Itzy.  The majority of the moves are the same, but the results are not.

ALiEN:

Itzy:

L’amour ne disparaîtra jamais

Cette annee.  Que’st-ce je peux dire de cette année qui n’a pas déjà été dit?  2020, elle est trop absurde et elle a laissé beaucoup de monde sans amant(e)s, sans ami(e)s, sans la famille, et leur travail.  Pourquoi? Mais pourquoi pas?  On ne peut pas apprivoiser la nature microscopique.  On ne peut que le calmer de temps en temps.

今年根本就是一大堆亂七八糟。除了有些國家以外, 各國的老百姓都表現出來心裏最自私, 最不考慮到別人的想法跟態度。

住在美國的我回想這年在社會跟政治上發生的事立刻把我對人類保存的好感覺幾乎全部都滅了。
 
好人都跑到哪裏去? 互相幫忙的故事為何總是登不上報新聞的光台?  好消息為何難免一直要去找而它不來找你?
 
 

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And then I start listening to some Amei.  This song called 愛永遠不會消失 or “Love Will Never Dissipate/Disappear” rolls around and manages to make me feel better.  It makes me cry too, especially the part that goes “我知道你求上天讓世界倒轉” — “je sais que tu demandes à Dieu de changer le monde.”  Hearing that line in Mandarin gets me every single time.  What’s interesting is that “讓世界倒轉” literally means “let the world turn in reverse,” and I’d always thought the lyrics were “讓時間倒轉,” or “let time turn back.”  Rang shi jie dao zhuan, rang shi jian dao zhuan — they both mean “turn back time” because if the world is turning in reverse (like what Superman did that time to save Lois Lane), then so is time.






Translated by yours truly:
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I’ll leave you on cheerier note — I love Dreamcatcher so much and Jiu and YooHyeon are my favorites:


Here’s the original:

 
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Nous Sommes Les Lovesick Filles

Mon dieu.  Je suis morte.  BlackPink debuted their music video for their song “Lovesick GIrls” off their first full-length album and it’s beaming with great energy even when the lyrics are a bit downtrodden.

The first line of the chorus makes me think “Let’s Kill This Love” and other parts of the song is reminiscent of the bridge for “Kick It,” but I love it.  It’s unequivocally a BlackPink song.  The music video itself isn’t any more impressive than the typical Kpop videos of recent years — CLC and Dreamcatcher frankly have made more compelling videos — yet there’s something about it that makes me think of GOT7‘s “If You Do,” Girls’ Generation‘s “Mr. Mr.,” and BoA‘s “No. 1” for some reason.  

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As for those CLC and Dreamcatcher vids: