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FKA twigs played Chicago’s Riviera Theatre (pics, video, setlist)

The first three songs of the night — two of which were from her earliest EPs (“Hide” and “Water Me”) were performed solo. Not a dancer or backing band or even a prop was in sight. Twigs aimed to grab the audience’s attention with just herself, her voice, her movements, and she did so from the first second, a magnificent feat in today’s digitally distracted day and age.

As the show progressed, other classic theater mediums were seamlessly blended into the structure of the night, from contemporary dance to vaudevillian miming to straightforward singing, the thing that made FKA Twigs famous in the first place. It was a sight to be seen.

Her movements were always punctuated with a dancer’s touch. A jab or a thrust here and there matched the rhythm of the beat. Dance, perhaps even more than the music, fueled the structure of the show. For Twigs, dance is not just a supplement to the music she makes; it exists in a symbiotic relationship with the rhythms, melodies and instrumentation of each of her songs. [The Chicago Tribune]

A week after the release of her excellent new album Magdalene, FKA twigstour stopped in Chicago for a captivating show at the Riviera Theatre on Friday (10/15). From a pole-dancing routine to ensemble performances backed by other dancers, multiple costume changes included, twigs’ performance was as theatrical as it was compelling; check out pictures in the gallery above, and fan-taken video clips, and Friday night’s setlist, below.

The North American leg of twigs’ tour wraps up with two Brooklyn shows at Kings Theatre this week; night one (Wednesday, 11/20) is sold out but tickets are still on sale for night two, Thursday 11/21.

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Setlist: FKA twigs @ Riviera Theatre, 11/15/2019 (via)
Tap Dance
Hide
Water Me
Pendulum
Figure 8
Video Girl
thousand eyes
mary magdalene
home with you
sad day
fallen alien
Fukk Sleep (A$AP Rocky, shortened)
holy terrain
daybed
mirrored heart
Papi Pacify
Lights On
Two Weeks
cellophane

photos by James Richards IV

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