Yoko Ono shared her video for "Bad Dancer" today off her latest album Take Me to The Land of Hell. The Ben Dickinson-directed video shows Ono dancing with a lineup of her friends and collaborators in front of a foil wall. Beastie Boys' Ad-Rock and Mike D (the track's producers) make an appearance as well as Questlove, Reggie Watts, soul singer Roberta Flack, Das Racist's Heems and Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, This American Life host Ira Glass, Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori, among others.
The video begins with Ono dancing and painting an abstract image on a canvas. She sings, "I'm a bad dancer / a busy bouncer / never touch the ground / never make a sound. / I'm a tough lover / a sweet pusher /writing my life with sand / waiting to see the land / Place your bets / watch your step / I'm a bad dancer / with no regrets."
According to Rolling Stone, the video began with a shoot in late September, which featured Ono alone painting on a canvas and displaying her dance moves. Ono then reached out to friends of hers in New York and asked them to stop by a soundstage in Brooklyn to bust a move on camera for her video.
"We sort of built the video around Yoko's spontaneous painting that she does at the beginning, which in itself is a sort of dance," Dickinson told Rolling Stone. "Her works have always encouraged a dialogue with the audience, the participation of the viewer, or even a challenge of boundary between artist and audience, so we have an immersive and ecstatic and subjective experience - a conversation instead of a lecture - which is really what's at the heart of this video, too. The simplicity of her just dancing with people."
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