When FKA twigs released Cellophane a month-and-a-half ago, everyone was floored not only by the vulnerable beauty of the track, but also by the stunning video. Now, in a short film titled Practice, we get to see just exactly what goes into a routine as intricate as Twigs’ – physically, creatively and emotionally.
At the time of Cellophane’s (her first new music in three years) release, twigs said: “When I wrote Cellophane over a year ago, a visual narrative came to me immediately; I knew I had to learn how to pole-dance to bring it to life, and so that’s what I did.”
This seven-minute film, directed by AnAkA, gives a very private and personal look at FKA twigs’ physical process – falling from the pole, painstakingly perfecting each move, committing to a rigorous cross-training routine which consumes her days entirely – and the way these demands affect her psychologically, given that this vision is entirely her own and she must work with myriad professionals to make it happen.
“It’s all very well me going and doing a three minute routine – that’s easy,” she says in the film. “But the difficult thing is knowing that you have the stamina and the strength to do be able to do that three minute routine for eight hours. And that’s something different.”
Enjoy the truly incredible film below, and if you haven’t seen the original clip for Cellophane, it’s embedded afterwards.