In partnership with WeTransfer Studios, FKA twigs traveled to the American East Coast this past summer to embark on and film the heartwarming Baltimore Dance Project. On the 18th of July—a few days before her headlining show, with temperatures running extremely high—twigs tweeted an impromptu invite to join her in Baltimore’s Lithuanian Hall for a free dance workshop.
Overwhelmed by the turnout, around 400 dancers, the British artist connected with the people of Baltimore, an area so often related to tragedy. “If I can’t connect with someone creatively then I can’t reach them and they can’t reach me.” In a pursuit for the truth, twigs desired to break through the stereotypes of the politically charged city—magnified by The Wire and numerous shootings in the news. What she discovered? “The truth was very different to what the media had made it out to be.”
After five hours of high-energy choreography—alongside Ramon Baynes, Kash Powell and Dominic-Lawrence—twigs felt blown away by the energy of the dancers she met that day. So blown away, in fact, that she invited a select few to dance on stage with her at the Baltimore concert. Today, indulge in a 9-minute black-and-white documentary oozing energy, passion and enthusiasm, directed by long-term FKA collaborator Nick Walker. “Whiling out and going crazy, doing back flips, dancing together. That’s soul. That’s vitality.”