On July 18th, FKA twigs sent out a series of tweets to her fans. Ahead of her concert at Baltimore’s Pier 6, she would be holding a free dance workshop with her choreographer and tour dancers to find a few amateur body movers to join her onstage for the show. Despite the sweltering 90 degrees heat, some 400 people showed up at Lithuanian Hall to “have a good time and be part of something bigger; something joyful.”
The five-hour day and resulting concert performance were captured by WeTransfer Studios and cut together into a new short documentary entitled Baltimore Dance Project. As a press release puts it, “The film showcases the soul and passion of the people of Baltimore, on one of the hottest days of the year and during a politically charged era, coming together to share passion and be united.”
“In the world, especially at the moment, there’s so much tension, so much angst, and so much misunderstanding,” twigs said during the workshop in a moment captured in the doc. “I just believe through music and art and being creative and expressing ourselves as young people, it’s really important that we’re able to break those barriers, because we’re going to be the next people making this world a safe place. When things are difficult, art always flourishes.”
You can read more about Baltimore Dance Project, including interviews with twigs and some of the dancers, and watch the nine-minute documentary at WeTransfer.com. You can also peep the trailer below.