Madonna 'Dark Ballet' by Emmanuel Adjei
Madonna, the great agent provocateur of pop, has engaged the vision of Emmanuel Adjei to create her boldest, most provocative video in years - featuring a searing performance by Mykki Blanco, as Joan of Arc.
Blanco plays the hunted, defiant and doomed Joan in the Dark Ballet video - the distinctive modern casting of a transexual in the role of a timeless symbol of the powerless and downtrodden, in an otherwise believably medieval setting.
It's immaculately created by Adjei on the epic scale that distinguished his MVA-winning video for Sevdaliza's Shahamaran last year, and Blanco fits seamlessly into that world, where beauty and music video aesthetics sit alongside moments of real horror - Adjei certainly does not shy away from Joan's terrible fate.
This is also Madonna getting back to one of her favourite themes - the systemic repression of the Catholic Church. Perhaps boldest of all, as she locks horns with an old adversary, she remains largely invisible herself. She only appears in one shot in the entire video.
|Executive Producer||Chris Toumazou|
|Executive Producer||Melodie Saba|
|Creative Director||Imogen Snell|
|Make-up Assistant||Porsche Poon|
|Production designer||Paulina Rzeszowska|
|Stylist (Artist)||Eyob Yohannes|
|Post production company||Mathematic|
|VFX Supervisor||Yann Aldabe|
|VFX Producer||Guillaume Marien|
|Post Producer||Julia Kerguelen|
|Service Company||Ready To Shoot|
|Service Producer||Margarida Adónis|
|Lead actor||Mykki Blanco|
|Other credits||1st Assistant Director: Dilia Brito 2nd Assistant Director: Vanessa Patricio PM: Paulo Guedes Talent & Production Coordinator: Sara Brito Prod Secretary: Renata Amaro Location Manager: Tiago Nogueira + Luis Santos + Joao Barata + Joao Correia Local Stylist: Isabel Carmona Local MUA & HD: António Carreteiro Local Art Director: Sebas Serra Props Buyer: Ruth Levy Drivers: Hugo Per|
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So, at last - it's showtime!