I have never been immensely moved by a materialistic work of art, but the emotional performing arts have left a deep mark on me.
The YouTube video of Galen Hooks’ choreography to Billie Eilish’s “I Love You” never fails to move me. This dance portrays grief, passion, independence and more.
Posted on September 24, 2019, this video features nine dancers each doing a solo dance for one minute and 40 seconds.
Before watching this video, I had never felt so strongly connected to a room.
Growing up, I danced competitively for 16 years. Dancing was my outlet, it allowed me to express myself like nothing else could. I was able to put movement into everything I was feeling and to create an emotional connection with those around me.
Whenever I’m not feeling inspired, I watch Galen Hooks dance lessons and choreography videos online.
When I came across her choreography for “I Love You”, I was left speechless.
Galen Hooks is an American dancer, choreographer and creative director, among a variety of other talents.
Hooks has choreographed for over 20 years and has worked with renowned artists such as Janet Jackson, Rihanna and Justin Bieber. Her unique style caught my eye about four years ago and no other choreographer has compared since then.
The video begins with Hooks herself performing the dance, creating an intense and moving emotion for the rest of the video.
With the help of the videographer and the director, the dance is truly transcendent into a beautiful work of art. Each angle and each shot captures a raw new emotion that creates a connection between dancers and spectators.
I don’t believe there is a way to watch this performance and not feel anything.
Hooks finds a way to touch something in your soul with simple movements and heavy facial expressions. The dancing is pretty straightforward, but the way Hooks and his troupe perform in a unique way forms something that has never been done before.
In the description of the video, Hooks says: “The theme of this course was to marry acting with dance, and to work specifically on the skill of acting for a camera with choreographed camera movement.
This type of performance is an impressive skill due to the difficulty in performing.
“It’s rare that dancers are hired for jobs where they can perform solo and interact with a camera, so this class was a way to create an opportunity for them.” said Hooks.
Not only are the performances captivating, but they were also very beneficial for the dancers themselves for their work experience.
Outside of the choreography, Hooks’ favorite song, “I Love You” by Billie Eilish, is a masterpiece in itself. Eilish captures the raw heartbreak in this beautiful song.
Eilish expresses feelings of a tragic breakup wwith lyrics like “I can’t escape the way I love you, I don’t want it, but I love you.
With the mastery of choreography and emotional song combined, a powerful work of art is created by the movements of Galen Hook.