Kenzo’s powerful new dance film taps African club culture for inspiration

Kenzo’s powerful new dance film taps African club culture for inspiration

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Original choreography by Ryan Heffington animates Kenzo’s powerful ode to nightlife

Following the positively viral success of last year's whacky Kenzo World fragrance film, featuring an exquisitely-dressed Margaret Qualley half-dancing, half-wigging out in an empty concert hall, the fashion house has released another absorbing short film to celebrate their Resort and Men's Spring Summer 2017 collections.

Kenzo knows a thing or two about the importance of dance, calling on the power of movement for not only the aforementioned film but in the dancers and models who strutted around the square runway of their KENZO X H&M show in October and the enlisting of Ice Cube to perform at the dance party for the same presentation.

In recent times, with nearly half the clubs in the UK closing down and the devastating effect of Australia's lock-out laws on club culture, dance has become more relevant, more important than ever.

Therefore, it's no surprise that the French house, creatively helmed by Humberto Leon and Carol Lim also of Opening Ceremony, have yet again taken to the dancefloor for the newest film; this time, in the nightclubs of Angola.

Inspired by the African dance form known as kizomba, the film, entitled Club Ark Eternal, employs the skills of Grammy-nominated choreographer Ryan Heffington, (who directed Margaret Qualley in the aforementioned Kenzo World film and Maddie Ziegler in Sia's Chandelier video) and is directed by Kenzo favourite Partel Oliva with original music composed by trap house artists Lafawndah and BR-RR.

"For the Spring-Summer 2017 season, Kenzo pays homage to nightlife as a powerful source of alternative energies against racism, sexual oppression, and class violence. Clubs as exemplars of progressive communities, crucibles of self-invention," said the brand in a press release. "With clubbing spaces obviously needing to be understood and protected, we tried to think of impossible alternatives. With many countries around the world entering a winter of the soul, we wanted to celebrate the kids who go out in 15°F/-2°C."

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