BTS Releases Dance-Filled Art Film for New Song, "Black Swan"

The South Korean pop juggernaut BTS has released an art film packed with dance for "Black Swan," the first single promoting its upcoming album Map of the Soul: 7.

The video opens with the Martha Graham quote, "A dancer dies twice—once when they stop dancing, and this first death is the more painful." This intro complements the lyrics, which allude to grappling with the fear of losing artistic passion as creative success grows.


Surprisingly, BTS does not appear in the film. The Slovenian troupe MN Dance Company leads instead, performing eerily beautiful, arresting choreography that reflects the song's concept. The company briefly dances in—before breaking from—a cage of lights, and uses contemporary movement reminiscent of the iconic port de bras of Swan Lake throughout the piece.

"Black Swan" aligns with BTS' expanding efforts to champion artists beyond music. The pop titans recently announced CONNECT BTS, a global public art project in Berlin, Buenos Aires, London, New York City and Seoul.

We love how the members of BTS have used their platform to showcase a contemporary dance company, and can't wait to see what dance projects the band might pursue in the future.

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Dancers at work in USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance's facilities. Photo by Ema Peter, Courtesy USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

Meet 5 Recent USC Kaufman Grads Making Waves in the Dance Industry

Since welcoming its first freshman BFA class in 2015, the University of Southern California's Glorya Kaufman School of Dance has made a name for itself. The Los Angeles dance program is known for creating versatile artists in a collaborative, innovative training environment, and its alumni are already making bold professional leaps.

Dance Magazine caught up with five recent grads to see where they've landed and how USC Kaufman and its career services department prepared them for their future in the dance industry.

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