Looks like Kanye’s decision to enlisted the expertise of choreographer Yemi Akinyemi to mobilise the sinews in his 35-minute film, Runaway, will position this surreal fantasy with the best of Nollywood and Noir. The black swan dance – accompanied by Pusha-T’s rhymes, and Italian performance artist Vanessa Beecroft’s Art Direction – is mesmerising, especially the expert leg work of the two principal ballerinas.
Yes, Cayman-island born model Selita Ebanks is perfection (except her awkward “flying” sequence), and Phillip Lim’s costuming is savvy (perhaps not the gold breastplate on Selita’s fight “home,” though). But it’s Akinyemi’s choreography of the bird-legged ballerinas, with Pusha-T’s “Hoes like vultures, they wanna fly in your Freddy loafers/You can’t blame ‘em, they ain’t never seen Versace sofas/Every bag, every blouse, every bracelet/Comes wit’ a price tag, baby, face it/You should leave if you can’t accept the basics/Plenty hoes in the baller-nigga matrix/Invisibly set, the Rolex is faceless/I’m just young, rich, and tasteless” blinging through the background that stole my allegiance.
Hardly Versace Vultures, these. There they are, lilly-pad walkers and knob-kneed herons, step-stepping, nimbling through unsure waters.
Runaway, which will accompany his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, due out in November.