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FKA twigs 'Ride The Dragon' by Aidan Zamiri

Rob Ulitski - 18th Jan 2022

Aidan Zamiri and FKA twigs embrace the challenges of going guerilla in the arrestingly lo-fi promo for Ride The Dragon. 

The candid video opens on the steps of Hackney Town Hall in East London, where twigs and her gang of dancers position themselves for a flashmob dance routine - to be captured on a long lens by DoP Molly Manning Walker. But it was never going to be that easy.   

With echoes of the classic video for Fatboy Slim's Praise You, the performance is interrupted when council staff and security guards act to promptly shut them down and move the girls along - leaving a confused-looking boom-op in their wake.

The rest of the video documents how the gang regather at a local corner shop, regaining their zest before returning to complete their challenge, just metres away from the original location - before the heavy mob move in again. 

It's a far more rough-and-ready, doc-style affair than twigs and Zamiri's previous collaboration on the 645AR track Sum Bout You - or indeed any previous twigs video. The first of a series of videos directed by Zamiri for Caprisongs, twigs's newly released mixtape, it also suggests a more spontaneous and impulsive side of the artist that actually adds to her mystique, and directly communicates her fantastic ability as a dancer.

 

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Rob Ulitski - 18th Jan 2022

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  • Guerilla
  • Performance
  • Choreography
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  • Documentary

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Aidan Zamiri
Producer
Alex Chamberlain
Production Company
Executive Producer
Morgan Clement

Camera

Director of Photography
Molly Manning Walker

Art

Production designer
Tom Schneider

Editorial

Sound
Rory Cargill

Misc

Choreography
Kash Powell

Other credits

Stylist FKA twigs

Matthew Josephs

Make-up FKA twigs

Lauren Reynolds

Hair FKA twigs

Louis Souvestre

Styling Dancers

Ella Lucia

Hair Dancers

Rosie Grace

Make-up Dancers

Tabitha Thomas

Dancers

Pearl, Samuel, Mette, Nakai, Shani, Bailie

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