FKA twigs-approved artist Kaner Flex's newest video for his "Dancer or Artist" performance reaffirms what we already knew -- that he is a force to be reckoned with. In the black and white video, Flex uses his incredible dexterity to convey unadulterated, raw emotion. His movements, at once staccato and tender, relay a sense of urgency tinged with vulnerability, a notion of the body as a site of both pain and resistance. His lyrics about the anger, pressure, and anxiety he feels, and how dance is a release, are fittingly paired with with hazy, intimate footage of himself dancing despite being confined by rope.
Flex says the video speaks to the universal experiences and anxieties that dancers experience when asked to categorize their work. He tells us:
"This piece I wrote is all about my opinion on how I feel dancers are treated in the industry. Dancers shouldn't be put into a category; we are artists who deserve to be respected for our work. I wrote this a year ago. It's very precious to me, so I took my time with it. It needed to come out the way I envisioned it in my head. I feel that it comes from a pure place of realness. I am like the voice of 100 dancers right now. This is how we feel. I just want to be the one to say it and express verbally, also physically. The message of this piece is not to allow the industry to kill your artistry and ask yourself are you a dancer or artist?"