An unbiased, Montreal-made music video has defeated Beyoncé to win the 2020 UK Music Video Awards prize for greatest choreography.
Artist Sheenah Ko got here along with a group of a couple of dozen dancers to create a brief movie that took down pop royalty.
“I used to be making an attempt to manifest it that morning. I used to be like, ‘Yeah, we’re going to win.’ However, you understand, till it occurs, you don’t actually count on it,” Ko mentioned.
The successful video was for her music Wrap Me Up It was filmed almost two years in the past within the basement of a church within the Rosemont neighbourhood.
“It become this idea of everybody attending type of like a self-help group within the basement of an previous church. I’m type of appearing as this unusual guru woman,” Ko defined.
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The placing, dramatic choreography was the brainchild of Ko’s frequent collaborator, Brittney Canda. Canda, who performs modern dance at Ko’s reside exhibits, additionally co-directed the video together with Vincent René-Loitier.
“The method was actually about bringing out everybody’s individuality and the way they specific anger and the way how they specific tenderness,” Canda mentioned in an interview.
The twist on a self-help assembly exhibits a various solid of dancers lashing out in rage, however in the end coming collectively earlier than turning on Ko, the session’s chief.
“It nearly looks like the guru isn’t capable of take her personal recommendation,” Ko mentioned.
“We have been actually, actually fortunate to have such a powerful group of dancers who have been so keen to provide a lot,” mentioned Canda.
The video discovered its technique to the celebrated UK Music Video Awards, and all of a sudden the tiny unbiased manufacturing was up in opposition to trade titans in two classes, together with greatest choreography.
“We’re working in opposition to large music movies created for Beyoncé, there was one other video for Christine and the Queens,” mentioned Ko.
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When the host of the digital award present revealed the video had received the award for greatest choreography, Ko and Canda have been overwhelmed.
“I simply screamed,” mentioned Ko.
“I bought actually nauseous and I don’t bear in mind an excessive amount of,” Canda recounted.
Due to COVID-19, they accepted the award from their houses by video chat. Canda, who has already labored with numerous musicians on music movies, is now getting calls to collaborate with artists so large she will’t speak about it.
“This large, large award, the largest accomplishment passed off in the lounge,” she mentioned, wishing she might have attended the present in particular person and networked with different individuals within the trade.
Koh couldn’t be prouder of the popularity, and the best way the video has resonated with its large new viewers.
“I really like Beyoncé, however I’m actually comfortable that we beat her.”
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