Beyonce Will 'Switch Things Up' For Second Coachella Show, Dancer Reveals
By Isha Thorpe
April 20, 2018
Variety exclusively interviewed one of Bey's dancers named Jo’Artis Mijo Ratti. Also previously working with the likes of Madonna and Kelly Rowland, Ratti gave the publication some inside details about the upcoming show. This is greatly appreciated, considering that this second performance isn't going to be live-streamed on YouTube like Bey's first.
"Yeah, we’re switching up a couple things, so there could still be a wow factor," the dancer admitted. He also added that his fellow dancers who also work with Beyoncé are the best that he's ever work with in his entire career. Bey pulls greatness out of everyone, which is why her shows are always so legendary.
“She kills the moves just as hard as the best girl that’s doing the choreography,” Ratti said. “It makes everybody in the production as a whole want to step their game up." He continued that preparation is key to pulling off greats shows, such as the first weekend's Coachella performance and this new one.
“You can always tell when someone is prepared,” he added. “We did like 10-to-14 hour days. That was very similar to the Madonna situation and really coming to work fully prepared to dance. Some jobs you might chill — craft services, read a book, hop on your phone — for a couple hours, but not while we were there [with Beyonce]. We were getting put to use with ideas, fitting, wardrobe, video blocking. It could be really overwhelming, but luckily, it wasn’t my first rodeo.”
When Ratti -- who's a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity -- spoke about Bey's first HBCU-inspired set, he explained that he knew how monumental it was going to be from day one. “To come in on my first day [of rehearsals] in March and see that the concept was dealing with HBCUs? That was a bit of a process,” said Ratti. “Every day, I took time to be thankful for this opportunity. We’re in America and we already know what we’re dealing with [as African-Americans and in the current political environment], which is why the Divine Nine was built. So to see it presented at Coachella, I was like, ‘Woah. These people have no idea what’s about to happen — they won’t even understand it.'”
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