Watch the English National Ballet Interpret Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
We've seen plenty of tributes to Queen's classic "Bohemian Rhapsody" in honor of the song's 40th anniversary, but this one might have taken more work than the rest of them put together.
Elle U.K. offers the exclusive premiere of a new interpretive dance set to "Bohemian Rhapsody," choreographed and performed by members of the English National Ballet. It's a song you've heard countless times — and seen in some pretty memorable settings — but this tribute still manages to stand apart from the others while presenting "Rhapsody" in a whole new light.
"'Bohemian Rhapsody' means a lot to me. I guess it was the start of my dancing career. To be asked to choreograph it was amazing," English National Ballet soloist James Streeter told Elle U.K. Added dancer Erina Takahashi, one of the performers in the video, "The music gives me that energy and so that power comes naturally, through the music."
Streeter and the soloists offer an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at their preparation for the clip in this featurette, which offers a glimpse of rehearsals for the Ballet's "Bohemian Rhapsody" tribute in addition to some inside perspective on how Streeter chose to interpret the song's lyrics and music in order to choreograph his new dance — and how the sum total serves as a heartfelt tribute to dearly departed Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
"Everyone wanted Freddie to live forever," Streeter muses at one point in the featurette. "I think through his music, Freddie will always live forever."
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