Film / TV
Beyoncé Welcomes Us All To The Renaissance With Upcoming Tour Film
October 2, 2023
Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour (RWT) is coming to the silver screen this December!
For the past four months, we’ve watched crowds dress up to attend what is arguably one of the biggest balls in the 21st century. Leaning into dance music and paying homage to its originators, Beyoncé created a space that honors every individual’s personhood – but more importantly the LGBTQIAP+ community. A performer of her caliber, whose production is as grandiose as a royal coronation, seeing Beyoncé in concert isn’t as accessible to the majority of her fans.
With the announcement of RENAISSANCE: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ, the splendor of B’s seventh solo album becomes that much more accessible. The film is currently said to offer closer insight into “Beyoncé’s intention, hard work, involvement in every aspect of the production, her creative mind, and purpose to create her legacy and master craft.”
After her Coachella performance in 2018, Black culture and its icons were magnified around the world, which was only further magnified by the release of the HOMECOMING documentary. As such, it comes as no surprise that a tour would get a similar treatment. “Beyoncé’s RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR created a sanctuary for freedom, and shared joy, for more than 2.7 million fans.”
On top of being an immaculate performer, it’s most important to consider that Beyoncé took ballroom culture around the world and re-emphasized it in a way that we often see with a hit series like Pose. Regardless of your personal sexual identity or your opinions on LGBTQIAP+ people, RWT held your attention and centered the richness and diversity of people often pushed to the fringes of society.
For example, Darius Hickman dazzled audiences with his duck walk, dead drops, and so much more during solo performances during the ball category of the show. I remember watching him move with awe in my eyes and now more than the 2.7 million attendees get to experience him too. The power of Amari’s performance, particularly as a Black woman whose form is often criticized in the dance community is awe-inspiring. While her skill should not be reduced to the celebration of representation, it is acceptable to acknowledge that the politics of representation hold sentimental value in this instance. When Jon Hetherington missed the Seattle show on account of not being able to get clearance for his wheelchair, watching the hive swarm together to amplify his message and get him to a show was a warm moment; one that advocated for the disabled and highlighted the poor practices of how airlines treat those in need of mobility aids.
Folks might argue, “It’s just a show” in response to the level of excitement towards act ii of Renaissance. Fine. However, let it be known that the type of inclusive and considerate space that Beyoncé has cultivated is something to marvel at…especially given the political climate that we’re living through. Now, in just under two months, we’ll get to see behind-the-scenes footage of the creation of the Renaissance experience in theaters.
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