Dirty Projectors, the 7th LP from the genre-defying artist David Longstreth, was released in February of this year. At the album’s center was “Up In Hudson” – an 8 minute, 9-verse elegy. The video was directed by Daren Rabinovitch of Encyclopedia Pictura (Kanye, Bjork, Panda Bear, Grizzly Bear), with choreography by Kiani Del Valle, the video for “Up In Hudson”.
“Through four very different couples, the arc of a relationship is portrayed in its stages of growth, death, and rebirth. To unite our characters as we weave through their stories, we tried to present their vulnerabilities in a surreal way, right on the surface, in their faces.”
Kiani Del Valle:
“I used the choreography to enhance the story and make us connect with each couple in a more personal way. It’s always special when you get to orchestrate movement, and also be a part of the final work. Hopefully what we have accomplished is a true personal allegory of heartbreak, moving away from stereotypical notions of beauty and getting playfully deeper into the intangible human emotions.”