MadonnaTribe meets Raistalla
MadonnaTribe is happy to add another amazing chat to the original series of exclusive interviews we have launched back in 2003.
This month we meet Raistalla one of the dancers of the Reinvention tour that has just launched her solo career as a singer.
MadonnaTribe: When we think of Raistalla at the re-Invention tour, the first thing it comes to my mind is one of your Vogue “poses” in the opening number of the show.
I can’t even remember if it was by watching you live from the first rows, ot if it was in my own pics, or videos, or photographs, but it really sticks in my mind and comes as one of the most iconic moments of the show.
How was working on “Vogue”?
Raistalla: OH MY GOSH, talk about living a dream.
When I heard we were doing “Vogue” I was like, “yes, I’m ready.” I got my “vogue-vain-stoic-catty character” out in every rehearsal. That was one of the highlights of my day whenever we rehearsed.
I practiced my poses and planned out my execution for the show. I wanted to be golden for that performance.
I remember my Mom telling me how she couldn’t hold back her tears when she heard that song and saw me come out at the opening of the show. That’s one of my Mom’s favorite songs as well. I was living for so many people on that song: me, my mom, all my vogue-ers, all the dancers who’ve ever wanted to dance for Madonna, and the ones that would love to re-live that experience of dancing with her for that song. I could go on and on about this.
MadonnaTribe: You know that “Vogue” has been performed live quite a lot of times before, which is not very common in the Madonna show history. Was it challenging working on this number? Did you have a feeling of how Madonna and her team were going to “re-Invent” its coreography?
Raistalla: It wasn’t challenging at all for me because I love vogueing and that character and dance style is very natural for me. However, my assumptions for how it would be re-invented were wrong.
I thought she might do something even more elaborate and theatrical than the original icon performance on MTV, but when I thought about it it wasn’t a re-invention, it was an enhancement.
What they did with it was evolve the style to a simpler yet progressive vogue-style with amazing visuals from the video screens to depict the modernization of the “new vogue.”
It was definitely different from what I imagined but I still loved it!
Click HERE to read the full exclusive chat filled with amazing backstage picture from the re-Invention tour, courtesy of Raistalla herself.