When’s the last time you did the “Macarena?” (Actually, don’t answer that.) Los Del Río’s ’90s international smash took over the world. And while the “Political Macarena” that takes place in Swedish electro-pop sibling duo The Knife and art group Ful’s collaboration, entitled “Europa Europa,” might not make this summer’s wedding dancefloor rounds, it has its charms and was created for an important cause.
The dance, choreographed by Dom Dugliga, is featured in the video for The Knife’s rhythmic new single, “För Alla Namn Vi Inte Får Anvånda.” The song itself was crafted for “Europa Europa,” an anti-national cabaret about migration politics.
Like the original “Macarena” dance, the “Political Macarena” features synchronized arm choreo, but it also involves holding hands while lying on the ground and writhing around on the floor, and some intense staring passages and moves that may be borrowed from yoga asanas. Also, you may wanna brush up on your Swedish before you bust these moves.
Ful — a non-gendered queer feminist collective — and The Knife’s song “serves to praise all those hundreds of thousands of people who defy the cameras, the deadly waters, the barbed wire, the violence and the compact political resistance, and make it across the external and internal borders of Europe every year,” according to the project. “Europa Europa” premieres in Almedalen, Sweden, on July 1 and performances will take place throughout Sweden through September leading up to their elections and are free to the public.