Beyoncé and Jay Z’s Upcoming tour (OTR 11): 7 ways Beyoncé preps for her stage performance

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JULY 11: Beyoncé and JAY Z perform on the On The Run Tour at the Metlife Stadium on Friday, July 11, 2014, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup).

The king and queen of Hollywood music is going on tour, while we have much respect for Hova we all know its Beyoncé everyone is dying to see.

Queen Bey’s performance is like a sport. She is singing, she is dancing, she is running, she is doing all these things all at once. The choreography, the stage, the outfit – everything about her performance is always on point.

But let’s pause and go back stage. She is no super woman, just a hard worker that pushes herself twice as hard. here are 7 ways she preps for her performance-

  1. ” I collaborate and respect the people that I work with but I dreamt the performance before it happened” Beyoncé.

When Beyoncé was invited to perform in Vegas in 2009, she decided to do something different from her regular shows. She wanted to remove the theatrics and dance “just give me my band, a stage, some cool smoke and lights”

To complete the vision, she requested an orchestra with a pianist, violinist and other string instruments. She charged her team to get to work in bringing her idea to life.

When she wanted to perform choreography for who runs the world video ; She decided that something about the beats takes you to Africa. She wanted to infuse some African dance into the song. She found a Mozambique dance group on YouTube called Tofu Tofu and decided she would infuse some of their Kwaito type dance into her choreography.

            2) Don’t tell me it’s not possible, break all the rules or make new ones  

No one in her team wanted an orchestra for her Vegas show because the stage was so small. But she pointedly said I don’t care about that. I want it to feel like a jam session, I want it to feel real. She did not care if it was not practical or whatever, she wanted an orchestra and she was going to have it- period.

For her run the world tour, when she could not find any dance group in America that could interpret the Tofu- Tofu Kawaito dance, She proceeded to search for the original group in Mozambique; Africa. With help from the US Embassy in Maputo, they were found and flown out to Los Angeles, California to introduce and instruct Beyoncé and her dancers their native dance moves as well as be a part of Beyoncé’s hit music video, Run the world (girls)

              3) She is the boss- make no mistake

“Don’t play it that way”   “it don’t feel right”   “Who asked them to flat iron a man’s hair”  ” take the sound up bring it down a notch”   “if I am not sleeping, no one is sleeping”.  These are some of the sound bites you would hear from Beyoncé during her rehearsals.

Because she liked doing things her way, she founded her own record company parkwood entertainment in 2010 and hired a team of veterans and underdogs to run the ship. She pointedly told her team no one makes decisions for her, she makes the final call. (This happened when two team members argued in front of her in the making of her album the year of 4

Hamish Hamilton the Super bowl halftime director says that working with Beyoncé is interesting because she can be a both a benevolent dictator and collaborator, and through the working process you meet both sides.

When I am working, I don’t hold back my opinion, I let you know what I feel- Beyoncé


Beyonce and Superbowl half time director backstage during rehearsals

                  4) Everything is larger than large

According to set designer Russell wingfield, only Beyoncé, rolling stone and YouTube can pull off the larger than life stage design and sophisticated equipment.  Mrs Carter’s tour deployed about 28 trucks, 11buses, and a crew of roughly 150 people.

 5)She is the artist, the production manager, creative director, band, script writer- she gets her hands involved in everything

Don’t get me wrong, she has a full team of professionals from production managers to stage and set design, dancers and all. But she still involved in everything including the smallest details.

After the script writing, singing and music videos is done she seats at the editing suit while they put the album together.

She was spotted telling her team during a dress rehearsal for MTV ring the alarm performance that you don’t put blue lights on dark girls. I don’t trust them they don’t know what they are doing. She then proceeded to tell them the color of lights she wants and how they should make the lights follow her. During her iconic  super bowl half time performance show; she wanted everything perfect so every day there was a change here and there a new tweak, a new look. They kept rehearsing and rehearsing.

                 6)A woman who prays;

Is powerful beyond measure, from the days of destiny’s child till date; before Beyoncé hits the stage she holds hands with her team and pray

            7) Super woman work ethics;-

I dream it, I work hard, I slay till I own it. She does not just sing it, that’s her real life.  When I work, I don’t eat, I don’t use the rest room, am like a machine, and I forget that everyone else around me may want to eat or use the restroom.

Beyoncé and her crew spends long hours and late nights at rehearsals. And according to her she has to pretend to be strong because she sets the tone, if everyone else around me see I am exhausted then they have reason to be tired.so I always pretend like am completely fine.

Well you know what they say- heavy lies the head that wears the crown.


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