Beyoncé‘s upcoming set during the second weekend of Coachella will see the star “switching up a couple things”, according to one of her dancers. The performance will also not be livestreamed online, unlike last weekend’s critically-acclaimed set.
The singer headlined the California festival last Saturday night (April 14) with an epic set that included career-spanning hits, a Destiny’s Child reunion and numerous references to black culture that her mother predicted would leave the audience “confused”.
Playing segments of a Malcolm X speech and nodding to Nina Simone’s ‘Lilac Wine’, Bey also performed an a capella rendition of Weldon Johnson’s ‘Lift Every Voice And Sing’ – often referred to as the black national anthem. The performance referenced historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) too.
Speaking to Variety, Beyoncé’s dancer Jo’Artis Mijo Ratti has now said: “We’re switching up a couple things, so there could still be a wow factor”.
On working with the star, Ratti added: “She kills the moves just as hard as the best girl that’s doing the choreography. It makes everybody in the production as a whole want to step their game up.”
“You can always tell when someone is prepared. We did like 10-to-14 hour days… Some jobs you might chill — craft services, read a book, hop on your phone — for a couple hours, but not while we were there [with Beyonce]. We were getting put to use with ideas, fitting, wardrobe, video blocking. It could be really overwhelming, but luckily, it wasn’t my first rodeo”.
“She’s like an auntie,” Ratti added of Beyoncé. “Super-kind and very particular about what she wants. It made me do even better because I understand that she’s a real artist. She’s not just letting somebody take over her vision.”
“I believe the majority of black artists want to celebrate African-American history, invite people to a culture that is not exposed to the majority — to continue to push equality and fight for a cause that is now, kind of, not so subtle. That’s what I believe she was trying to do.”
A YouTube representative also confirmed to Variety that the set will not be streamed online live or aired afterwards.
NME recently wrote of Beyoncé’s Coachella first weekend set: “Beyoncé’s history-making Coachella headline spectacular proves we’re not worthy of her”.
Beyoncé headlines Coachella again this Saturday (April 21).