Over the course of her decade-long career, Pink’s always pushed herself to the limit. Whether that meant dangling upside down some 60 feet in the air, blowing a bunch of stuff up , or pulling off the kind of acrobatic moves that would give Cirque du Soleil pause, she seemingly prides herself in going further than any of her pop contemporaries would ever dare.
So it should probably come as no surprise that, in her new video for “Try,” she’s at it again, only this time, Pink’s not relying on props to take things to the next level: She’s doing it (largely) by herself, performing an elaborately choreographed, physically demanding — and incredibly powerful — dance routine that writhes with passion and tension, and tells the story of a relationship taken to the brink and back.
Directed by Floria Sigismondi, and choreographed by the Golden Boyz (who have worked with the likes of Madonna and Britney Spears), “Try” packs a wallop without ever speaking a word. As Pink and her male counterpart intertwine their bodies, stretching limbs and flexing muscles, they play out the complexities of love; the wanting, the giving, the falling apart and the coming together. And despite the weighty subject matter, the clip also manages to be as restrained as the sinewy bodies it showcases. In a lot of ways, it reminds you of Sigur Ros’ arty “Fjögur Píanó” piece — you know, the one with the naked Shia LaBeouf — only minus the erudite sense of self importance. This is, first and foremost, a pop video, only it aspires to be so much more.
And in that regard, it is the kind of video that only Pink would make. She is certainly a huge star, and yet, she delights in continually pushing past the restraints of the pop genre. “Try” certainly works as a video, and yet, one could also see it being performed on the stage, accompanied by an orchestra. It is big, it is beautiful, it is definitely a work of art, and it is uniquely, unquestionably Pink. She pushes herself — and, really, the entire concept of what a pop video can be — to the limit, and pulls it off with effortless grace. Your move, everyone else.
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