Club culture is an ingrained component of society. As the section to which sees our daily frustrations wither away over a few hours of drink and dance, clubbing is also a form of identity. Music has no race, therefore, many people gain community through the melodies they love. As a look into the musical identity of Angola’s dance scene, French fashion-house KENZO has released a spellbinding video called Club Ark Eternal.
“The structure of the film mimics moving through planes of experience: induction, breathwork, ecstasy, convulsions, sensory illusions, visions.”
Directed by Partel Oliva, the film aims to illuminate those first and last moments of entering a dance floor, through a series of solo-performances which are coordinated by Grammy-nominated choreographer Ryan Heffington. Club Ark Eternal is not necessarily a video about dance, but rather one that reinforces the idea that dance should never be taken for granted. Inspired by the traditional Angolan dance of kizomba, Oliva tells DAZED, “The structure of the film mimics moving through planes of experience: induction, breathwork, ecstasy, convulsions, sensory illusions, visions.”
KENZO’s latest endeavor is the latest in the fashion houses’ history of artistic campaigns that aim to propel the brand as a storyteller rather than just a fashion label.