Analyzing Lady Gaga

Last night, Lady Gaga performed in the Super Bowl. There have been conflicting reports on how her performance was received. What did you think? Can you describe any specific movements, choreographic choices, political representation, etc. that lead you to your opinion?  In this highly contentious political climate, how does the power of art/dance/performance enhance or diminish your position regarding the body in performance?

 

Advertisements

24 thoughts on “Analyzing Lady Gaga

  1. I think Lady Gaga’s performance at the Superbowl was very groundbreaking in the way she used her song “Born this Way” and referenced the LGBTQ community in her song at the time of Trump’s presidency. It was also very daring for her to start her performance with the song “This Land is Your Land” because trump’s campaign breeds hate and xenophobia, especially after issuing the TRAVEL BAN. In addition, Lady Gaga had a diverse group of dancers and she even hugged an African American woman in the audience to further show her resilience against Trump’s regime of racism.

    I think art and dance enhances the body in performance, especially in the SuperBowl because it’s one of the most televised events and Lady Gaga’s performance was full of energy and it showcased her skills as an amazing artist, activist and performer. The choreographic choices in her dance performance also enhance who she is as an icon because the style is not necessarily hip hop. Lady Gaga is an icon and advocates for people to be and act as your authentic self. She uses her music and artistic expression of fashion or dance to fight against hate and to embrace the differences of people.

  2. I thought there were definitely subtle moments and details that pointed to Lady Gaga’s progressive political beliefs. For example, at one point during ‘Born This Way’ all of the dancers were crouched around her in different levels as she sang, facing the audience, wearing the same outfits and makeup despite their gender or race (of which there were many represented), and something about seeing all of their faces in a way that revealed they are all unique and yet all united was really cool. There was also a moment when a large group was clustered together and the whole group was seeming to be pulled around the stage by some aggressive force, but they all held on to each other, and it felt like a symbol of solidarity. However the most powerful part of the performance, to me, was simply the power of Lady Gaga and her dancers as performers… she focused her performance on something people couldn’t argue with, no matter what their political beliefs may be: her killer talent, and then they were forced to see and hear the subtle messages that went along with it.

  3. I would agree with Kim and Sarah– they both touched on really great and important points about the political aspects of Gaga’s performance. Gaga seems to be making a statement that counters sentiments embodied by the Trump/Pence administration. As Kim mentioned, Gaga’s implementation of Woodie Guthrie’s arguably anti-xenophobic, anti-fascist “This Land Is Our Land,” use of her song “Born This Way” to advocate for LGBTQ+ and generally for diversity, and a racially diverse cast of dancers. Performance art is always already political, no matter how subtle the political nuances may be. Performance is constituted by bodies and bodies are subjects of their historical spacial and temporal locus. That being said, Gaga’s performance takes on a political significance that is at once subtle and powerful. Performance of all kinds is container for expression and exploration of embodied responses to sociopolitical realities. Performance represents a place to unite, to heal, to process, to display.

  4. Gaga! I’m going to try and approach this blog post as objectively as possible, because back in ’09 I was a HUGE fan of hers and have fond memories of listening to her songs on the school bus every morning (ah simpler times…). Before I delve into this 13 minute long video, I think it’s important to look at what Lady Gaga herself posted before the performance:

    “There will not be any guest performers tonight, I’m doing these 13 minutes solo! I dedicate every second to the love, diversity, compassion, and wild spirit of our fan base. To that kid who felt unwanted, or the grown up who remembers how hard it was to find acceptance. This is for you. It is also for those whose hearts and minds have opened to our message. Thank you for believing in us so we could be here today.”

    This is pulled from her Instagram, for anyone who wants to peruse that (there are a few choice pictures from the halftime show). I find it especially worth noting that Gaga explicitly states that she is forgoing featured performers, and is instead consciously choosing to be by herself onstage. She was fully aware that keeping the show to her own repertoire of music would be a statement in and of itself, and that’s without even mentioning anything relating to her gender, fanbase, or setlist. Essentially, I think that because Lady Gaga is such a public artist, it’s necessary for us to look at how she addresses the work itself, as well as how she interacts with her fans in order to get a better understanding of the intentions of piece.

    Wow! Look at what Gaga does to me!! My inner fangirl is unhinged. Well anyway, onto the show. Lady Gaga has a history of playing to the “outrageous” in terms of costuming and showmanship; her meat dress, her VMA performance ending in her hanging herself, arriving to the Grammys in an egg…the list goes on. Contrastingly, the choice of costume for this performance is pretty subtle by Gaga’s standards; a sparkly unitard. That she chose to sing a verse from “This Land is Your Land” and then launches into the pledge is incredibly subtle as well, because the Superbowl traditionally is fueled by patriotism and “American” aesthetics. In this case, however, Gaga’s patriotism is backed by all-inclusive intentions (as reflected by her posted message and the coy way she finished the pledge).

    Thennn she goes into Poker Face and is suspended in the air. Ok. This is the Gaga we are more familiar with; the Gaga with a flair for the dramatic whose fan base identifies as “monsters” rather than “gun wielders.” Now, Born This Way! Dancers! More bodies! Richy Jackson choreography! I love commercial dance. I know there are a lot of haters, but come on, this is great. Is this cheesy and harkening me to 80’s jazz? Yes. Is it quintessentially Gaga and likely to piss off a lot of Americans who are watching? Probably yes again! I just love how Gaga is using jazz and hip hop-based movement to make political statements, which is a great reminder to us as dancers: you don’t just have to be strictly a modern dancer/choreographer to say something important or speak to something serious. Here we can plainly see that jazz is getting the job done(!). Born This Way is also widely considered to be an anthem for the gay community, and it’s great to see so many bodies of color onstage during this number.

    I think Gaga knew what she was doing with this piece and that her choices were intentional. I can go on and on-the diversity of the dancers, choices of songs, etc. all contributed to (an albeit somewhat subdued) socially-conscious performance. I strongly feel that dancers and performers do have a responsibility to an audience to deliver content that makes them think and discuss… which is why I feel that commercial dance is such a strong tool that often gets overlooked or looked down on by modern/ballet dancers. Don’t get me wrong, I adore modern and was raised on ballet, but when you’re tasked with choreographing or dancing in a show that will reach MILLIONS of viewers, the stakes are higher and the ways in which you can communicate a message through bodies are far more complex.

  5. After watching Lady Gaga’s performance, I didn’t really see what any of the fuss was about. I loved it. I’m not sure what everyone else was expecting, but she went up there and did what she does the best; be herself. Through being herself, she sent a message to the public that this country belongs to all of us and that no one should be excluded. No matter their gender or sexual orientation. I felt as if people wanted her to get on national television and use her platform to address every single issue within our country, but I loved the fact that she didn’t feel pressured to do that. I think that sometimes we tend to see celebrities as the voices that represent the people, and sometimes that’s not the case. Lady Gaga used her platform to to address something that she’s always been passionate about, something that’s close to her heart & for that, she should be respected.

  6. I enjoyed Lady Gaga’s performance from an audience standpoint as well as a critical standpoint. As expected, the performance was glittery, indulgent, and full of fan fare. This is typically how Super Bowl shows are which is why I ignore my distaste for the overtly glam and let myself just enjoy the sheer beauty of production. Im always in awe when a performance of this size and caliber is executed so well. Clearly the size of the cast of dancers, along with the diversity of cast, was intentional and harkens back to the loud and proud message Gaga shares constantly: “Baby, you were born this way”. In these times of political controversy I think that Gaga is a huge role model for people who don’t feel they fit in or are accepted in certain communities. The Super Bowl is probably one of the biggest platforms to send a message, which is why I admire Gaga for using the platform in a productive way, rather than just blatantly showing her views she utilized the performance as a space for art and dance to guide the message of acceptance and diversity that this country was founded on. I especially enjoyed her mash-up of traditional national songs to pinpoint the parts of the songs that promote diversity and liberty. I believe that Gaga stayed true to her own beliefs on acceptance and that made the performance much more authentic and awe-inspiring.

  7. The “controversy” surrounding Lady Gaga’s performance is a really interesting tool in addressing a lot of the tensions in the current political climate. It also functions in the ongoing discussion of white supremacy and it’s role in both discrimination and allyship. First of all, I do think Lady Gaga did a tremendous job is bringing spectacle, and entertainment to her half time performance! An avid advocate for LGBTQIA+ folks, Lady Gaga’s song choice reiterated her long standing dedication to marginalized folks.
    What is interesting to me is analyzing Lady Gaga’s performance within the context of Beyonce’s Superbowl performance last year. Beyonce encountered tremendous backlash for the political undertones of her entire performance, and was criticized heavily for alluding to the Black Panthers in her performance. That moment was considerably more understated than the lyrics in Born This Way or even Gaga’s opening “This Land is your Land”, and yet Beyonce was publicly labeled as Anti-Police, Anti-White. It is important to understand how intersectional discrimination plays a role in more harshly perceiving threat in non-white bodies, and how white folks occupy so much power in public spaces. People in positions of privilege should be motivated to use their platforms to dynamically challenge discrimination. Tomi Lahren (conservative “reporter”) applauded Gaga for not including a political message in the show, tweeting: “Sad that even Lady Gaga could keep it professional but advertisers had to advance the victim hood propaganda”. At this political moment in our history, if our art is not challenging discrimination and purposefully talking back to oppressive governments, than I think we are giving up some of our power as artists. Of course, not every artistic choice has to be a protest (I do think engaging and creating art that is not political as a tool to heal from the distress of the Trump administration is valid and necessary!). And I don’t even think Lady Gaga did a bad show, or deserves much of the criticism she’s received after the performance. I just think it’s important that we see how different artist’s messages are filtered through the lens of white supremacy.
    Honestly, let’s just all watch Beyonce at the Grammys and feel #Lifted

  8. Lady Gaga’s performance at the super bowl opened with parts of patriotic songs and the pledge of allegiance. It is not news that our nation is under great separation and societal turmoil so I thought it was controversial that an icon for the LGBTQ community, such as Gaga, could open with such songs (when our current president is not much of a LGBTQ supporter). I kind of took it as a somewhat sassy presentation, especially with her emphasis on “this land was made for you and me” reminding ALL Americans that this land is not owned by any demographic, but shared by all. After plunging from the top of the arena onto the stage, Gaga continues to sing and dance to her famous tunes. “Born this way” is an anthem for everyone who feels disconnected with society and what society wants for them; it allows everyone to understand to embrace the person they are no matter how far away their intersectionalites stray away from the “perfect American.” Gaga’s energy and performance is everything we expected from the outstanding performer and I know her work is not done with all her advocacy for not only the LGBTQ community but for all people who are oppressed under these concerning times in American History. I am curious to hear Trump’s take on this half time show.

  9. I thought Lady Gaga’s performance was well suited for the super bowl, it was a good representation of who she is as an artist and delivered the level of excitement/energy expected at a sports halftime show. I really liked her costume choices, I felt that the costumes for both her and her dancers were not hyper sexualized and for her dancers presented a uniform look regardless of gender. If we look back upon not just this last election, but many elections past, we can see how important celebrity opinion is in the political world. 2017 is not the first time our country has elected a TV/movie “star”as our president (I would argue Trump is more of someone who has been of TV rather than a TV star). Every election the nominees try to accrue as much celebrity support as possible. Rallies, Convention meetings, Inaugurations all have dance/music performances. I would argue that the power of performance enhances one’s position socially and politically. However, I feel that as one performs more and more, and becomes more and more famous there is a sense that one’s body no longer belongs to oneself, especially for female performers. Lady Gaga’s body isn’t hers, it now belongs to her fans, to society, to the industry, to the male gaze. Now that Trump is president, it feels more and more like my body doesn’t belong to me anymore. I saw in Lady Gaga’s performance a sense of taking that body back, saying “it’s mine and only I have power over it.” In the song “telephone” Gaga was picked up and help by a male-appearing dancer and was shaking out of his grasp. I felt like her choreographic choices conveyed independence and individual power. I think her singing “This land is our land” in the beginning of the show was a direct dig at Trump’s divisive and xenophobic policies/decisions. The way she sang the song and then ended it with “one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all” was a statement that all people in this nation deserve liberty and justice and to be treated as human beings. I liked that she started with “poker face” right after opening the show with that political statement, it felt like she was issuing a challenge. Her choice to sing “Born this way” I thought was also meant to show support for all marginalized communities being attacked/in fear due to this current administration.

  10. I have to say it is really brave for Lady Gaga to start the performance with the song, “This Land Is Our Land”. Also, she has multi-background dancers. Obviously, there are some political messages she wanted to imply in her performance. I grew up in China and came to the U.S. three and a half years ago. In China, we don’t get to elect the president, and even if people are not satisfied with the president, we are not allowed to do anything against the president. It is my first time seeing protests against the president, and even one of my professors postpone the midterm because of the election. At the same time, Lady Gaga as the celebrity playing in such a big event, she has her right to chose the song and dance. In order to imply clearer message to the audience, she did a brave performance of the political climate.

  11. Performance analysis:

    I believe that the movement Lady Gaga chose to include in her recent Super Bowl performance broke societal assumptions about the female form. Overall performance elements assisted in promoting diversity and freedom of expression as an individual. For example, dancers in the performance spanned a wide range of ethnicities and body types. Costume choices of back-up dancers we non-gender conforming while lyrics promoted audiences to embrace all types of gender identities. The fact that the performance opened with an incredibly patriotic tone allowed for all messages that followed to represent and redefine American ideals on gender identity. The American motif was seen throughout the performance in the use of red white and blue lighting and stage effects.

    Through the public eye:

    My colleagues and I however struggled to understand why Lady Gaga’s performance was so controversial. While tantalizing, the pop diva’s performance was not incredibly “preachy” about LGBTQ politics. Through further analysis we found that political aspect of the performance was Lady Gaga herself. Her body was in fact the revolutionary symbol displayed on a stage for millions to watch at an event intended for highly conservative audiences—the Super Bowl. And from here we started to delve into further questions:

    Beyoncé’s movement in her recent Super Bowl duet with Bruno Mars was just as physically involved and sensual. Why were people so taken by Lady Gaga’s movements?

    Female sexual expression is frowned upon. “Respectable” women are expected to maintain an outward appearance of sensual innocence. Once a woman has been perceived as sensual by society, she is considered tainted and of degraded value and becomes a sexual object. While most do not bat an eye at Beyoncé’s “twerking” activity during half time, we seem to have different expectations of white female artists who share the same stage. Katy Perry’s music during her Super Bowl performance had sexual references, however, her movements were far less suggestive than Beyoncé’s and Lady Gaga’s. Beyoncé, a curvaceous black woman, represents a body that is already sexually objectified in society, therefore her sexual dance movements conform to prejudices (“boxes”) which we already view African American bodies. Lady Gaga on the other hand, is a white female bodied individual that plays on feminine movements in her Super Bowl performance although her body doesn’t fit what society considers an attractive feminine aesthetic. To some this concept is confusing, different, queer, and most of all—captivating.

  12. I think that Lady Gaga used her platform to try to spread the idea of acceptance and love in a time where that is being seen less and less. She starts off with “This Land is your Land”. I think that this was an interesting choice because of her role in society (since she is a figure of acceptance for the LGBTQ community) and how she is publicly opposed to our current president. She is trying to send a message that the US is a land where minorities should be accepted. She furthers this message with “Born This Way” which is almost an anthem of acceptance for LGBTQ folks in our society. In addition to this she created a spectacle of a performance with the use of large scale choreography and lighting. Through the choices in her choreography we can see that she is consciously echoing her political message. She uses dancers of different backgrounds and colors.
    Lady Gaga used one of the biggest platforms in the world to get her point across which is something I admire about her. She didn’t directly display any political messages, but with a little bit of analyzing, it’s easy to see that her choices in songs, choreography, and lighting all were used in harmony to support marginalized communities in our country. In this time, I think that it is imperative that we use our art and craft to display messages to our society that can make people talk and think about the world around them, much like Gaga has done on a huge scale.

  13. A hot topic that I’ve had to let myself simmer over. For an artist that has a history of promoting controversy, spectacle, and equality I was rather disillusioned with Gaga’s performance at the super bowl. Though it had undertones suggesting a broken America, the show rather focused on the progression of her career. That being said, her career is full of political activism, her music is made for struggling LGBTQ+ youth.

    Much of the choreography was rooted in its original form (how it looked when it was originally created); and while the dancers themselves were diverse, the choreography didn’t surpass tackling a rigid system through sharp / strong / sexy / powerful moves. I think Sabrina brings up a crucial point in how Gaga’s performance has been received in contrast to Queen B’s. I think it would have been interesting to see the response if Gaga’s performance delivered a clear politically charged statement.

  14. I absolutely love Lady Gaga and her role in the music and acting world. Lady Gaga has always done what is harder for other artists to do (especially in the Hollywood atmosphere). By speaking out for what she believes in and by standing up for marginalized people when our system refuses, she has become an icon for people struggling to find their place in a corrupt world. Starting off on the outskirts of the stadium singing “This Land is Our Land” gave me the impression of our “American Ideals” sitting outdated in a distant place. Speaking the last few words was very powerful and by jumping off into the stadium, I felt that she was coming down to the reality of our world and away from this “ideal”. I agree with everyone’s comments on the diversity of dancers and her “Born This Way” moment being pivotal in our political climate. I also found her finale “Bad Romance” impressionable as well. There is a moment where all the dancers are enclosing around each other; touching and grouping with Lady Gaga near the center. I found this striking because it was a moment in the song where there was no singing and it felt really wholesome which made me feel that the dancers were all together and one; signifying all what Lady Gaga stands for.

    Overall, I giggled at Lady Gaga’s random remarks and quirky/spunky movements. The performance was incredibly strong and I can understand why it sparked a lot of conversations. Performance can be used to move audiences in these political moments and I hope to see more from Lady Gaga in the next few years.

  15. What did you think? Can you describe any specific movements, choreographic choices, political representation, etc. that lead you to your opinion? In this highly contentious political climate, how does the power of art/dance/performance enhance or diminish your position regarding the body in performance?

    As somebody who went through middle school (an exceptionally horrible time for anybody) during what can be called the height of Gaga’s rise to fame, I’m not the least biased person to write about this topic, but I’ll keep the fangirling to a mininimum.

    On one hand, she delivered a solid performance with stunning visuals and impressive feats. On the other hand, I missed the iconic, controversial Gaga we used to see, the one with the meat dress protesting DADT, or the one who hung herself on live television. But artists change, and just because she’s a different performer from the one we used to know doesn’t mean her star power and ability to convey a political message are diminished.

    To sum up my opinion: she delivered. It was updated Gaga, but with still just enough quirk to be recognizable. She had her iconic choreography, her triangle phone, her wires and fires and fireworks and diverse (but still pretty naked) dancers.

    The subtlety of her political message was enough to fly over the heads of bigots, but it was still strong enough for anybody with a brain to recognize. Kudos Gaga. I’m still stanning.

  16. I was very impressed with her performance! It still boggles my mind how one can dance so fiercely and sing simultaneously considering it’s always been something I’ve struggled with. I really enjoyed the technology that was used along with the dancing, it was almost like adding another group of dancers, but with lights and fire. I was also impressed with the fact that her back up dancers ranged from different sizes, different races and ethnicity, and both men and women and probably everything in between. Representation is wildly important in this political climate and I felt like the backup dancers represented a lot of diverse groups of people. In this political climate I was mildly confused when she sang this land is your land, because a lot of people’s land is being taken away from them, such as the Dakota Pipeline, safe spaces, planned parenthood funding and countless other places. She seemed to redeem herself when she sang “Born This Way” which is an inherently political song and I was happy she chose to showcase that.

    Many artists in the past have chosen to go political with their performance at the Superbowl because of the millions of people watching and it is a wildly important platform. Americans look to performers as a voice of the people and to represent something that they may not be able to say or portray. I think dance especially can unite people and provide a message that may be a little bit more subtle than outright saying something political. The representation in her backup dancers is a good example of subtly implying that there a a myriad of different people who all deserve to celebrate being “born this way”. The body and bodies can be used to represent the masses and I think that’s what Lady GaGa was trying to do.

  17. I believe Gaga’s performance conveyed a message of acceptance and empowerment. A lot of the comments on here have already stated my thoughts on the message of acceptance and diversity with progressive lyrics and diverse dancers, so I wanted to focus on how this performance empowers women. Gaga’s dancing was very strong in form; she often had her legs apart and her feet planted, sometimes stomping, which somewhat reminds me of the superman stance, which I associate with being powerful. In general, her stances and movements were definitely not meek or timid, which is what many with sexist beliefs, such as those reflected in the current political regime, associate with women. Additionally, her costume and makeup was strong and could even be intimidating, with dark colors and leather. This reflected the power of her performance and how she is unafraid to be herself.

  18. There was a lot of anticipation and for some, fear, that Lady Gaga would do something along the lines of her past with overtly aggressive political statements. This performance however, was definitely along different lines from, for instance, her meat bikini statement. While Gaga was definitely making political statements throughout her performance, they were more covert; she made them by simply being who she is and performing her old songs that were always meant to celebrate inclusiveness anyway.

    Flying from stage to stage, Lady Gaga began with God Bless America, into This Land is Your Land, then into her own music, Born This Way. This Land is Your Land was critiqued by many as a dig at Trump in light of the Travel Ban, but despite being overtly political, the song indisputably belonged, as it is already a part of this country’s musical tapestry. Her song Born This Way included lyrics such as, “no matter gay straight or bi,” “no matter black white or beige,” and repeatedly, “I’m beautiful in my way.” Here she explicitly shares her celebration of inclusiveness and individual identity, all the while being surrounded by her diverse dance cast.

    Over all, I commend Gaga for her beautiful, entertaining performance, and especially the use of her position in front of so much of America to spread a powerful and sincere message.

  19. I think that from the start, having Lady Gaga perform the Superbowl was a surprising choice. I only say this because of her past, bold performances and her outspokenness against prejudice and her strong support of the queer community. People were extremely up in arms about Beyonce’s 2016 Halftime performance when she and her backup dancers came out dressed in clothes that emulated the Black Panther party while performing “Formation.” It was interesting to me that the organization chose to have another politically outspoken artist after the backlash against Beyonce.
    Now onto her performance. From a simply aesthetic standpoint, I did enjoy the performance. I liked the choreography, choice of songs, and appreciated that there were many bodies of color on stage. However, I was a little disappointed in the lack of overt political comments against Trump and his oh so many (horrifying) conquests. Especially because Lady Gaga, in the past, has been unapologetically shocking and outspoken. A lot of people have spoken about the fact that she chose to sing Woodie Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” and the use of that anti-fascist, anti-xenophobic song was a powerful statement. And while I agree that it was a fitting choice in this political climate, I was underwhelmed. The Superbowl, to me, is the climax of American “culture.” It is a hyper-masculine, extremely capitalist event that celebrates big businesses paying millions of dollars to in advertisements while men are proving their masculinity by smashing into one another. (Can you tell I love sports?) And, it would have been really amazing to hear/see Gaga blatantly speak out against Trump rather than through subtle statements.
    On a more positive note, I appreciated her choice of performing “Born This Way.” It was ironic watching her perform a song that has somewhat been labeled a queer anthem in Texas during the most masculine event of the year. She also greeted the crowd at one point by saying “Texas, America, World.” This felt like she was trying to tie people together and break down borders between areas.
    In conclusion, I appreciated the subtle political statements Gaga included in her performance but I was underwhelmed. Beyonce and her dancers dressed as the Black Panther party far surpassed Gaga’s performance to me, as far as political statements and relevance.

  20. To be honest, I’m not too sure why there was any controversy over Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl performance. Of course I can assume why – it’s American entertainment. Nonetheless, my inquisition stems from the fact that Gaga’s performance just barely addressed any political stances. Yes, her opening of “This Land is You Land” very subtly represented the current political dilemma such as the unwelcoming tone and actions of Trump (Travel Ban) – but then again, only subtly. I feel as though as a popular artist, if one CHOOSES to address any controversial topics or political issues (subtly or not) then one should use their platform daringly while channeling their creativity to symbolize/address specific movements with clarity. It was hard to tell if Gaga wanted to make a definite message in regards to how she felt about the political issues. I don’t know if it’s because I had higher expectations from her piece due to the fact that it was highly talked about, or because I’m comparing it to Beyonce’s Superbowl performance from last year, but I think Gaga could have done more throughout her performance. What was immensely noticeable was how diverse her dance cast was, which was nice to see.
    Overall, Lady Gaga performed well. Presumably, she is confident in her beliefs and I also think that maybe she didn’t want too much to be focused on what they are, in regards to political opinion. She sang wonderfully and had fun quirky dance numbers as usual, though there was no correlation to Beyonce’s Superbowl performance in relevance to political media.

  21. I thought the performance was amazing! Considering the current political climate, the performance was perfectly timed and executed to comment on such matters. To start off, Gaga’s juxtaposition to the American flag at the beginning of her performance was interesting as it could be said comments and ridicules the country’s patriarchal mentality as woman is seen being portrayed as an American symbol as opposed to a man. Even though Gaga is a white woman, I feel like her choice of costume could negate that as she is masked and could suggest a sense of inclusivity as her identity is basically “hidden” and “masked”. This sense of inclusivity is further emphasized through her diverse set of back up dancers that appear to receive a considerable amount of airtime. In addition, her use of the audience members to take part in the performance also perpetuates feelings of inclusivity and harmony. Choreographically, Gaga provides us with an “in your face” kind of vibe as some of the movement is rather “un-lady like” with the way she spreads her legs and hangs and soars in the air in an “ugly”, yet powerful manner. Gaga’s ending where she catches a football in fashion-ized football gear also gives off a “anti-masculinity” sense as football is seen a masculine and American sport and heritage and to ridicule this serves as powerful attack on a conservative America. In conclusion, I feel as if, now more than ever, art has potential to make change nationally and even internationally considering our political climate and has the power to persuade, to irritate, to bring peace, and even bring change.

  22. I thought Lady Gaga’s performance was absolutely perfect. It was exactly what we needed in this political climate. We needed a performance that unites, not divides, and Lady Gaga provided just that. While not completely apolitical, her performance of “This Land is your Land” and “Born This Way” brought nothing but positivity and togetherness to the ears of millions of Americans.
    The choreography and staging was incredible. With Gaga seemingly popping in and out of nowhere multiple times and flying all over the place it was an amazing production. The constant changing of the scene, and the excellent group choreography brought the stage to life. It was one of my favorite performances.
    She celebrated immigration and LGBTQ rights on a national platform without causing any major controversy. That is almost unheard of in today’s America.
    I think today the body is less important in dance. It is more about the choreography and how the body moves, rather than the body itself. Now it is the time for stories to be told, so we can experience what others are going through. In this political climate we need to be able to consider others’ perspective, as that is how we can understand on another.

  23. I thought lady Gaga’s performance was exactly what she wanted it to be. I think it promoted the political message that she believes in and cares about the most. She believes in and promotes inclusive thinking. That being said I was surprised that she didn’t choose a more overt way of making a political statement. Only because of how much coverage there was on her specifically after the election was decided.

    Overall I thinks it still was a helpful and proactive performance. Exactly as Kennedy said there wasn’t a major controversy and she still made a political statement. I think its unfair to try and say a persone should have made more or less of a statement in their performance. Especially when you cant know what factors influenced their performance.

  24. Lady Gaga’s performance was eye catching as always. She always makes a statement in some way whether it be through song, costume or dance. I enjoyed the way her performance went from patriotic to being herself in amazing fashion, powerful singing and seeing her connect with her audience. Beginning with the a patriotic medley shows her connection and love to America even in these difficult times. She makes a bold statement about her love for the LGBTQ community through her song “Born This Way”. She showed that there is love and support for those out there even through the hatred in our country. I felt that there were many times in her performance where she took a stand and shared with us her beliefs. I felt it was brave and powerful and she is a strong woman to not only stand for what she believes but to make it into a performance that those who witnessed will not forget. The power of dance, art and performance is so strong and you can feel every emotion evoked through movement. It plays a powerful role in understanding and community as we all can see the same thing and yet it can make us feel different in many ways. Lady Gaga models for us a sense of acceptance and love something which we should all implement in our performances as well as in life.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s