Cofounded by Madonna, DanceOn produces high concept dance content with popular dancers and choreographers. The program's most recent video, set to the X Ambassador's "Unsteady," dives into an encounter between two men, an interaction that proves particularly timely in the aftermath of Orlando.
The video's concept was a simple but poignant one: Two people in a relationship meet up to have "the talk." Do they fix their relationship or breakup? Choreographer Tyce Diorio, known for his work with Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Taylor Swift, and as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance, approached the work with a raw physicality, using movements infused with pain and universal emotion. "[After Orlando,] the motivation and intention was even deeper. Love is a natural part of life and this concept shows that, no matter who you are."
Diorio brought two of his favorite dancers in for the parts. "I've worked with Kent Boyd and Will Johnston before on a few projects. Kent is such a good actor when he's moving and dancing. That's what drew me to him for this piece, in particular. Will is magical as a mover and a dancer and a storyteller. He's absolutely incredible."
Production took place overnight at Pitchout Bakery in Downtown Los Angeles. "It was so beautiful. It felt so natural," says Diorio. "I would hope people watch it with openness. Love is just a part of life and there is so much beauty in it. Even though there is something unsteady happening in the piece, there is so much love in it. Love is a part of nature."