Christine and the Queens Shares Video “Comme Si” Ahead of her Coachella Return
After landing her album Chris on to nearly every “Best of 2018” list, Christine and the Queens relentlessly strides through 2019 by offering up an inspiring filmed live performance and confirming Coachella.
Christine and the Queens unveils the official music video for “Comme si,” the latest single to be taken from her critically acclaimed second album. The video, directed by David Wilson (Arctic Monkeys, Tame Impala and Arcade Fire) and inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet, sees Chris use the expressive and exaggerated street dance style of Krump to subvert the tale of the doomed Ophelia.
Chris shares the “Comme si” video, which was shot in Thailand, ahead of her highly anticipated return to Coachella – her nighttime performance will be live-streamed worldwide via Youtube. Last December, Coachella visited Chris on the eve of her two sold out performances in the 18,000 capacity Parisian venue AccorHotels Arena, to create a Coachella Curated documentary.
Chris reveals her inspiration behind the video: “For me, the whole idea of the video is to twist the terrible ending of Ophelia, as a myth, an idea. In Hamlet, Ophelia is, of course, the unlucky lover, the rejected one; but her madness and the suicide that ensues is also symptomatic of a whole era: the young girl, unwanted, unloved, simply cannot live. She’s doomed, she disappears, she melts with nature. Insanity is also really interesting in this play, for it is the sign of a mind deranged by rejection, as if she couldn’t remain in the world after being unwanted by Hamlet. Looking at Millais’ painting, and thinking of “Comme si” as this erotic reverie of subverting rejection with self-empowerment, I started to dream of giving that myth a welcomed, witty twist. Let’s undo that tragic ending; let’s cheat death, if you will.
Let’s bring Ophelia back from the dead, to express her desire and madness with exhilaration, as something that elevates her, instead of pushing her to the shores of death. With that fantastic what if, everything became possible; what if Ophelia is oozing with a strange power, her own? What if we brought something extremely modern like Krump to express lust, to bring humor and creepiness, to make Ophelia our own hero? What if it was time to tell a new story, one that brings us more ecstasy than the one we’re used to being told?
The choreography uses the idea of unrequited love, like in the song’s lyrics, but since it’s Krump, we can add dark humor to it, cartoonish vibes if we want. Krump is perfect to me because it’s wild, sometimes with the childish energy of mime, sometimes with the pure stamina of jabs, and it can tell all the nuances of crazy love, use darkness as something contagious. Ophelia, raised from the water, battles furiously with it, and the original painting is suddenly shattered by a powerful feminine figure who finds another way to be unforgettable.”
Leading up to the thrilling Coachella weekend, Christine and the Queens announces her Jimmy Kimmel Live debut performance for Tuesday April 16th. Besides opening for Florence + The Machine, headline slot All Points East and a summer of festival performances at Boston Calling, Glastonbury, Primavera, Roskilde, Southside, Hurricane, Way Out West and many more, find out what Chris’ near future brings in her revealing Los Angeles Times interview HERE.
Christine and the Queens landed her groundbreaking album Chris and multiple singles, “Girlfriend”, “Doesn’t matter”, “5 dollars” on to nearly every “Best of 2018” list: Time Magazine, NPR, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, GQ, Associated Press, Noisey, FADER, Esquire, Refinery29, CoS, The Daily Beast, etc, plus named #1 album of the year by not only The Guardian and Evening Standard, but also The Independent and Clash.
Chris was written, arranged, produced and performed by Christine and the Queens. It is the follow up to her already-iconic debut record Chaleur Humaine (titled Christine and the Queens in USA), released to near-universal acclaim in France in 2014 and the UK in 2016, and selling more than 1.3 million copies to date. Also featuring the singles Girlfriend and 5 dollars, and available in English and French language versions, Chris is available in digital and physical formats, including double CD and vinyl versions, as well as limited edition boxsets, courtesy of Because Music.
Christine and the Queens live:
^ co-headline w Blood Orange
* with Florence + the Machine
Sat 4.13 – Indio, CA @ Coachella – 7:45pm pst
Thu 4.18 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl ^
Sat 4.20 – Indio, CA @ Coachella – 7:45pm pst
Sat 5.11 – Mexico, MEX @ Corona Capital Guadalajara
Wed 5.15 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion *
Fri 5.17 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena *
Mon 5.20 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre *
Fri 5.24 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
Sun 5.26 – London, UK @ All Points East Festival (headline)
Thu 5.30 Barcelona, SP @ Primavera Sound Festival
Sat 6.01 – Paris, FR @ We Love Green Festival (headline)
Sun 6.02 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
Sat 6.08 – Manchester, UK @ Parklife Festival
Thu 6.13 – Reims, FR @ La Magnifique Society
Fri 6.21 – Neuhausen Ob Eck, GER @ Southside Festival
Sun 6.23 – Scheeßel, GER @ Hurricane Festival
6.26-30 – Glastonbury, UK @ Glastonbury Festival
Fri 6.28 – Marmande, FR @ Garorock Experience
Wed 7.03 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
Fri 7.05 – Arras, FR @ Mainsquare Festival
Sun 7.07 – Belfort, FR @ Eurockéennes de Belfort
Thu 7.11 – La Rochelle, FR @ Francofolies
Fri 7.12 – Aix Les Bains, FR @ Musilac
Sun 7.14 – Escalarre, SP @ Doctor Music Festival
Tue 7.16 – Carcasonne, FR @ Festival de Carcassone
Fri 7.19 – Lisbon, POR @ Super Bock Super Rock Festival
Sun 7.21 – Carhaix-Plouguer, FR @ Le Vieilles Charrues
Tue 7.23 – Nyon, CH @ Paleo Festival
Wed 8.07 – Lokeren, BE @ Lokerse Feesten
Fri 8.09 – Sentrum, NOR @ Øyafestivalen AS
Sat 8.10 – Gothenburg, SWE @ Way Out West
Wed 8.14 – Brussels, BE @ Brussels Summer Festival
Sat 8.31 – Stradbally, IR @ Electric Picnic
more dates to be announced