I have no inspiration to post anything these days but as I sit and watch a bajillion KPop performances every week I’ve been thinking a lot about choreography.
Rino Nakasone has done the choreography for SHINee’s “Replay,” SNSD’s “Genie,” f(x)’s “LA cHA TA,” f(x)’s “Chu.” Nick Bass and Trent Dickens are the guys who worked on Super Junior’s “Sorry, Sorry” and SHINee’s “Ring Ding Dong.” I only started thinking about this after I realized that RDD was choreographed by Nick & Trent because there seems to be something very inherently male about the choreography. I don’t dance and I only speak as an observer but N & T’s moves for both Suju and SHINee don’t work well with girls whereas Rino’s choreography feels more gender-neutral. (I don’t like taking “Genie” into account because “Genie” doesn’t feel like Rino’s style at all; I feel like she was to told to create a simple routine that was trendy as possible so that it could be easy for the public audience to imitate and thus popularizing “Genie”‘s song status as super mainstream.)
f(x) dancing to a little bit of Ring Ding Dong @ about 1:54 in
Super Junior dancing to Sorry, Sorry
SNSD dancing to Sorry, Sorry
SHINee dancing to Replay
When I look at SNSD + f(x) doing Suju & SHINee’s stuff, it feels off for some reason. The movements are very big and visually they seem to emphasize maleness. Does it feel like this for anyone else? Like Suju’s famed lean-back-while-rotating-with-arms-crossed move and SHINee’s pelvic swivel in the RDD chorus. When girls do it, it feels mannish. Maybe I’m making a mistake by placing a gender on dancing and movement but it feels different enough for me to notice that for these instances, a female choreographer’s work doesn’t contain as many gender-defining movements that a male choreographer’s work does.