She has blazed a trail from Granada to New York to Paris, rapping, partying and dancing in a latex flamenco dress. Is Britain ready for Blanca Li and her ramshackle dancing robots?
I didnt realise what a big deal Blanca Li was until she smuggled me into a Jean-Paul Gaultier show in Paris. We pulled up, stepped out of the car and hit a barrage of flashbulbs. This way! I heard hordes of snappers shout. Over here! Young women brandishing microphones rushed towards us for quotes, as the 53-year-old Li posed with dancerly elegance: small frame, wide smile and a hint of flamenco panache.
Inside, where Li had a front-row seat, famous photographers came over and showered her with air kisses. Catherine Deneuve stopped to say hello. Li, it seems, is not your ordinary choreographer. She is little-known in the UK: her companys latest show, in which they dance with robots, marks only their second visit. But you have probably seen Lis work before in Daft Punks Around the World video, in the air steward dance routine in Pedro Almodvars Im So Excited, in Beyoncs Mrs Carter tour promos.
Then theres the work she has done with Paul and Stella McCartney, Christian Louboutin, Coldplay, Michel Gondry and the Paris Opera. Whats more, as well as choreographing adverts and operas, Li writes, acts and has directed three feature films. Her latest, Elektro Mathematrix, a dialogue-free high school dance musical, was recently released in France.
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