BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys, is a Korean boy band of enormous global popularity, second on the list of the IFPI best-selling artists in 2018, just after Drake and in front of, well, everyone else.
With their latest music video release, ahead of the upcoming new album, BTS have made a sharp and bold break with the usual K-pop style of music, and especially video, by leaving the stage to the Slovenian MN Dance Company from Nova Gorica, which choreographed a dance film to a version of the group’s new song, Black Swan, with an orchestral background. The location of the film appears to be at the abandoned Hawthorne Mall in California.
On its fourth day of release the video is already approaching 22 million views and seems to have been very well received by the group’s fans. Even the band members themselves appeared surprised by artistic quality of the final product when they saw it for the first time just before its release.
The dancers in the video, as well as the choreography, are from a relatively small dance company from Nova Gorica, Slovenia. MN Dance Company, as it is called, was established in 2008 by the artistic directors Michal Rynia and Nastja Bremec Rynia, who are also responsible for the group’s distinctive choreographic style and its global presence.
At the company’s website we read that “lately, the company has been creating pieces for Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Opera and Ballet Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom Ljubljana, Opera Graz, Theatre Rotterdam, CODARTS Rotterdam Dance Academy, International Storytelling Festival Austria, DAP Festival Italy…” and as we’ve just learned, BTS latest music video as well.
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