re-Invention tour stage was a ‘deathtrap’
This coming weekend MadonnaTribe is going to present the second and last part of our exclusive interview/conversation with the re-Invention tour directror Jamie King.
Jamie will tell our readers more tidbits from the making of the tour, his Nike deal and more…
In the meantime here’s an exclusive preview of the interview in which Jamie talk about how the re-Invention stage itself, that he calls a “death trap” can be considered “choreographed”.
MadonnaTribe: Let’s talk about the choreographies of the “re-Invention Tour”. Did you put in something you didn’t have the chance to do before?
Jamie King: The songs really tell you what the choreography is. I was thinking of different ways to move Madonna. So the conveyor belt in “Nobody Knows Me” was a big deal. My idea with this stage was that everything should be moving, all the time. Like you couldn’t tell what it was going to happen. One surprise after the other.
I mean the stage, technically, is choreographed. It is an outrageous amount of choreography that that stage goes through for the concert tour.
So I wanted the stage to be choreographed as well as Madonna to be choreographed and the screens to be choreographed and the dancers to be choreographed. So that was just an undertaking in itself. To have all that moving at the same time. It was extremely dangerous. I mean, that stage is a “deathtrap”!
But you know… hydraulics. If you fall, God forbid, they don’t stop, they keep going. So there was many safety classes we had to go to for that.
It was all extremely and intrically choreographed so that in itself was way different from the “Drowned World” tour but each tour had its own specific choreography, I mean nothing was the same and nothing was kind of re used or even identifiable.
I don’t think between the two tours there’s nothing similar. What I loved about the “Drowned World” tour was the Asian/Geisha scene. It was my favoured sequence. Madonna flying around on the wires was just one of my favourite things to see her do cause she was having so much fun and then she got to do Kung Fu and kick everybody’s ass. It was great.