We know, everybody’s been talking about it since it happened on Sunday, but for a good reason! And how could we not to, considering Gaga’s straight out of an 80s sci-fi movie costumes (have you seen those outrageous shoulder pads?) and the incredible choreography? You know by now how we at Reflex Dance Studios feel about Trump’s ideology which seems to go against the beauty of 80s freedom and unity that we believe in so much. It was incredibly refreshing to see Lady Gaga courageously begin her halftime show with her rendition of God Bless America. ‘This land is your land, this land is my land’ – what a powerful, inclusive line so necessary in this unnecessarily divided world. And then the jump off the roof onto the stage. Yes, Gaga’s spiderman stroll to the stage caused a hilarious meme that got a chuckle out of me, but the rest of her show left me speechless. A few costume changes, a very exhausting choreography that could easily be a cardio workout, her impeccable singing as she’s gasping for air and how could I forget the wonderful keytar segment?It was too much for my heart to handle. This woman brought it all.
You might not like Gaga’s music or her artistry, but after this performance – it is undeniable that she’s an incredibly talented performer who has her heart in the right place. You could also argue that in the troubling times that we have now, she might have played it a little too safe politically. This energy napalm chose to leave the message between the lines instead of loudly and clearly stating it in her performance like some have done in the past. I definitely would have enjoyed it if she tried to make a bigger impact on the mass of people viewing her performance, but nonetheless – I was still utterly delighted and entertained. That’s what she was aiming for in the end, isn’t it? To entertain and to subtly educate about the beauty of unity. Do yourself a favour and bask in pure fun for the next 13 minutes in the video below:
Finally, I want to point out that it always pleases me when I notice 80s influences in the current world. As I mentioned before, the costumes in this performance were beautiful and over the top, reminding me of the shining silver imaginations from Tron. The choreography was full of energy, jumps and stunts that I would just love to try out myself. Most importantly, the message of freedom, accepting differences and overcoming social injustice were as prevalent in Gaga’s performance and music, as they were in the 80s.
This performer knew exactly what impact it had on the stage and left with a bang.