Saturday, February 20, 2010

Lady Gaga: The Shortest Musical You Will Never See Again

From Lady Gaga's Official Haus of Gaga youtube channel:

Francesco Vezzolis black-tie-soiree-as-performance-art, Ballets Russes Italian Style (The Shortest Musical You Will Never See Again), featuring Lady Gaga and Prada-clad dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet, was undoubtedly one of the highlights on last years contemporary-art calendar. If you missed the spectacle of spectacles, created for MOCAs 30th anniversary gala, the Swedish filmmaker Jonas Akerlund captures the extraordinary night in this exclusive new video, Ballets Russes, Italian Style — Coming Soon.

It made sense, given Francescos taste for art , which has made use of fake movie posters and fake perfume campaigns, says Akerlund of the videos cryptic title. I thought it would be really cool to create a trailer of sorts for something that has already happened and will never happen again. Akerlund, who has also directed Gagas Paparazzi video and the coming one for Telephone, captures all of the front-of-house and backstage dramedy from the night, which culminated with everyones favorite media monster performing her new song, Speechless, on a rotating pink grand piano painted with blue butterflies by Damien Hirst. Enjoy

Here is video footage from the actual performance:

I love how the lines are blurred and the genres of pop and classical art are being blended here. Gaga, a classically trained pianist, seems to really understand the connection between pop culture and artistic expression from more "serious" mediums. She tends to draw influence not only from her pop predecessors but from high fashion, film, and art. This is what sets her apart for me as much more than a pop musician.