Christine and the Queens played a sold-out show at Terminal 5 on Monday night but it wasn't your typical night of just
music and dancing. It was a night of self-expression, love, individuality and art. Opening for CATQ was an artist who holds similar values, a Canadian hip-hop singer by the name of Kamau. At the end of the evening, I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who came out of the venue feeling absolutely in awe and more inspired by the performance.
Canadian hip-hop singer, Kamau, opened the evening with an upbeat and powerful set. During the set, he would openly express his goals to inspire change in the world through his music. In 2012, Kamau went on a path of self-improvement by visiting several countries in Africa to expand his music studies, perform shows and learn about the culture. All of his songs have strong messages behind them and he expressed those messages clearly throughout his short set.
Kamau went into motivational mini-speeches in between each song to talk about what's going on in the world and how we should all be united and love one another. Some highlights of his set were "Jambo," "FoolMoon" and he ended with "PohLease" - where he told the crowd to put their hands on the shoulders next to them and say, "I love you, no matter what you look like."
Christine and the Queens came onto the stage looking fierce as ever. They were all moving and dancing as one; the Queens were dressed head-to-toe in black and Christine was in the usual, fashionable pantsuit. Christine started her set by announcing that there are no rules for the evening and everyone could be what they wanted to be, even "a sink or a bicycle." CATQ performed "Narcissus Is Back" and "Half Ladies" early on as Christine, backed by her Queens, moved around the stage.
CATQ went through the songs of Chaleur Humaine
, which is an album that was repackaged as a self-titled album and released with additional tracks last year. Each song was performed with intense choreography and artistic visuals. During "iT," a large shadow of a man appeared as Christine danced and flailed her arms around as if she was in a battle with her own self. She sang, "She wants to be a man now, a man. But she lies. She wants to be born again, again. But she'll lose."
During "Tilted," Christine and the Queens stumbled around the stage, often freezing in place, to represent what it's like to embrace the pleasure of being off-balance. They performed a dance full of loopy crossovers, tightrope walks, and handstands, which made "Tilted" my favorite performance of the night. Christine and the Queens move in a way where they become
the music, perfectly representing each lyric with their bodies. Some other highlights of the set were "Saint Claude," "No Harm Done" and the vulnerable and heartbreaking track, "Paradis Perdus." But to be real, there wasn't one song that night that wasn't unbelievably beautiful and moving.
Christine and the Queens (and the opener Kamau) turned Terminal 5 into a safe haven for the freaks and wannabes. When fans stepped into Terminal 5 on Monday night, all labels were left behind and you could feel an unusual type of energy as the night unfolded. I felt like everyone in that room became a little more connected while watching Christine and the Queens.