If you haven’t seen Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé yet, you need to go now! This was one of the best documentaries I have had the pleasure of seeing. Beyoncé is truly a visionary! The movie takes you through the process of creating The Renaissance Tour, how Beyoncé’s grown over the years, and what this tour means to her.
I was fortunate enough to attend the concert in July and I was still in awe of the movie. Not only can you enjoy the moments for the concerts, but you are also able to witness the greatness unfold. When Beyoncé announced the release of Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé the Beyhive went crazy, and the Beyhive did not disappoint with the support. The film received a 100% percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and an A+ Cinema rating.
One of my favorite parts of the movie was being able to watch some of the artists I look up to in the dance community like Amari Marshall, Rob Bynes, and Zavion Brown. Seeing them do what they do best on the big screen was truly incredible. Bynes, a dancer and choreographer, was kind enough to share his experience on the tour.
“My experience on the tour felt very unreal to be honest. …It just felt like one of those things that was too far off, so the fact that I was in the audition, that fact that I was in the rehearsal, the fact that I was on the stage; each step of the process felt like I was experiencing something outside of my wildest.”
Bynes added, “I learned a lot from her honestly. She is so involved in every step of the process. She is a perfectionist and because she is coming to work on a certain level, it really does demand it out of you, out of all of us. Each night, no matter what obstacle she may have had before she set foot on that stage, when she was on that stage she was a star. It really made us all pull up. It made me try to tap into another level in myself and I really learned a lot.”
The documentary is not solely about Beyonce, but highlights all the people who played a role in the execution of the tour and her success. Bynes was also given the opportunity to choreograph for the tour. Moments from the tour have been trending all over social media platforms. One of the most popular segments was to a Jersey club remix of Diva.
“To be able to choreograph for this tour was also something that I hadnt dreamed of. You know, when I found out that she was going to be using a Jersey club remix, … I can’t even describe the feeling,” said Bynes. “It just felt like, ‘Wow this is very much divine timing and this is my opportunity to really represent my culture and really bring it on to this world wide stage.’ I had no idea what the response would be. You know, you see Jersey Club all [over] TikTok, but to see it on that scale and to see her be involved and respect it, and appreciate and like it enough to have it be apart of the show, I was very grateful for that. Grateful for the choreography, for giving me that opportunity, and I’m just like, ‘Wow like I have a choreography credit with Beyonce,’ you know. That’s not where I saw myself if you would’ve asked me in the beginning of my journey. So the fact that my first credit of this magnitude is from something that I grew up doing, you know you can’t beat that.”
Overall the movie was amazing! I would definitely recommend heading to a theater to watch it on the big screen. And if that’s not enough, the Queen Bey dropped some new music — My House— to accompany the new movie. If you saw Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé already and have heard the new song, be sure to leave you reaction below.
By Amariyah Mallory, Sophomore, Whitney Young
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