Although I'm not that interested in the K-pop/modern styles of dance, something that has been trending in the Chinese music scene lately is the use of interpretive dance in Chinese music videos. (I think this has something to do with Ed Sheehan's use of alternative dance styles in his music video for "Thinking out loud"). Interpretive/contemporary dance is something that I really appreciate, having been a ballet dancer myself for 15 years. Thus, here are a few of my favourites of the moment I'd like to share with you!
If you have any you'd like to share with me, comment down below!
Dawen Wang-Not Qualified
Dawen's fusion of the classical genre with pop music in his song "Not Qualified" is a perfect accompaniment for the use of interpretive dance! And the dancers Ash & Lily did an amazing job too, executing a dance that represented the loneliness and vulnerability of the song. Intermingling the use of suspense and abandon with slow, nuanced movements, it was certainly a pleasure to watch as they danced live in time to Dawen accompanying on the piano in the video.
Men Envy Children-This is not the love I want
Taking a more sultry approach to interpretive dance, Men Envy Children's lead singer Mify Chen who is actually a professionally trained dance teacher shines in this film-noir music video where she incorporates fluid, elegant movements into a storyline involving herself as a third party with two other dancers. beautifully shot, the dance moves of the three dancers involved hint unsubtly at sexual themes, mixing lust with abandon in suspenseful motions that are pieced together perfectly and full of meaning.
Although it's a little creepy that the guy is wearing a mask to me, the music video for Gem's song "Therefore於是" is thematically a very interesting mix of wild wild west imagery with a Spanish influence to it. An interesting visual experience helped by the interpretive dancing used! Although i'm not entirely sure what the story created has to do with the song...
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Who are Men Envy Children, you might ask? Well they're an up-and-coming band who has just recently (on the 15th of April) released their debut album 'Everything'. More information will be coming up on this awesome band very soon (Check in on our new Features page in the coming future), but for now, here's the quick lowdown on the band.
This is a 1+1 band, all members come from different professions. In the daytime they all have their own careers they are working hard at; but all are connected by their love for music and thus created 'Men Envy Children'. The meaning of this name reflects on a hope all members have towards their music; hoping that it will always be innocent and inquisitive, vibrant in imagination and allowing life to be full of energy-just like children.
Who is who?
Band leader: Vince
Vince is the creator of the band and the guitarist, and has a definite passion for rock music. He is also the creator of the soul of this album, as well as taking care of the musical direction and lyrics of this album. He normally likes to listen to music, watch movies and collect stories from his friends which he uses as the material to write music. At the moment Vince is a large media procurement group's chief executive (CEO).
With Kai's rhythm, every one of Men Envy Children's songs are full of passion. During Kai's university days he was recruited to join a band to release an album, but was faced with the decision to play music or to focus on his studies. We hope that with the release of this album it will allow Kai to taste the whimsy of being able to finally fulfill his dream, and no longer having to regret giving up on his dream of playing music. Perhaps in the near future he also hopes to be able to perform on the same stage as Mayday! At the moment Kai is a general manager at a media procurement company.
Lead Vocalist: Mify
When Mify was just about to give up on her singing dreams, two years ago at a performance she met band leader Vince. Through a few words of encouragement, both quickly became partners in creating their musical dreams. Mify's voice is perfect for dynamic live performances; with an infectious ability to get the crowd moving and to create an electric atmosphere. At the moment Mify is a professional dance teacher.
Hanz is a musical homebody who is also a little musical genius who is in charge of playing guitar and writing lyrics and composing music. Hanz is a introverted and educated person, but will often say things that will cause people to spit out their food, showing off his unique sense of humor. Because of his time working in recording studios, Hanz understands the equipment well, and has been named the mechanical genius of the group. At the moment, Hanz works as a digital media planner.
Men Envy Children's first debut album "Everything" is out now, and can be listened to on KKBOX, Spotify and bought on books.tw and iTunes.