On Wednesday night, Terminal 5 in New York was transformed into a raging rainbow dancehall as a sold-out crowd danced its hearts out in an effort to keep up with Swedish pop star
The audience went mad as her introduction boomed from the speakers, with robotic voices being backed by a heavy beat. After her band, dressed in all white, took their places, the bleach-blonde star ran to the center of the stage and kicked off her 90-minute set with her single "Fembot." Powerful strobes counteracted psychedelic rainbow lights as Robyn bounced, spun and air-punched her way through her vigorous rhythms.
During "Dancing On My Own," a song about seeing a lover with someone else, Robyn transformed a somber subject into an empowering dance-your-worries-away anthem that inspired singing from the audience.
Robyn continued to "body talk" with each movement, even during the interludes. After pelvic gyrations against her drummer's drum set and enough twirling in circles to make a person drop dead, Robyn pounded through songs — her newest single "Indestructible," "Love Kills," "The Girl and the Robot," and "With Every Heartbeat" — before professing her deep love for New York and exiting the stage.
She reemerged for two dance-infused encores. On the second, she performed her recent song "Dancehall Queen," then transitioned it into a cover of Abba's "Dancing Queen" before performing a gentle version of her 1997 hit "Show Me Love." The crowd was more than happy to do that.
"I loved Robyn growing up and I loved her tonight," said Erica Matson, 23, of Manhattan. "It's hard to get a New York crowd going, and she had everyone dancing from the start."
The evening began with sets by the up-and-coming London pop prodigy Natalia Kills, who served up catchy tracks like "Zombie" and "Mirrors," and New York-based electropop artist Maluca, who donned a 10-foot-long braided ponytail and closed her set with a rousing cover of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind."