In a little over a week, the music video of BTS' new single, 'Black Swan', has already amassed over 200 million views on Youtube. Unlike most of their previous music videos, 'Black Swan' is framed as an intimately vulnerable art film. The band does not appear in the video at all, and are instead represented by seven dancers from MN Dance Company, who executed a seamless choreography to reflect the intentions behind the song.
Since its release, the music video has been accompanied by much fanfare, with ARMYs taking to Twitter to express their admiration and share their own interpretations. Take a look at some of them below.
Artistically-inclined fans have taken to social media to share fanart:
“A dancer dies twice - once when they stop dancing, and this first death is the more painful.”— 𝓚𝓲𝓪𝓻赤⁷ (@_KiarAka) January 20, 2020
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-————————————————#BTS #BTSfanart #fanart #jimin #박지민 #지민 #방탄소년단 #blackswan #MAP_OF_THE_SOUL_7 pic.twitter.com/SInqB6xTel
Several fans try to articulate the sheer emotional impact of the video:
Can't stop crying for one hour.— Jee Lee⁷ (@JeeLee06767883) January 17, 2020
The Black Swan art film @BTS_twt is beyond all of my imaginations in every aspect. When the music begins with strings, i burst into tears just before listening to lyrics. The composition of the performamce of the 7 dancers is #BlackSwanOutNow
im trying to form any sort of thought about black swan at 4am but all my mind is producing are 4am thoughts which are absolutely wild so i will find some coherency in the morning that isn't just crying while saying "i love bts" over and over.— Chaotic Jin Stan™ ⁷ (@seokjingersnap) January 17, 2020
Others also marvelled at the choreography by the MN Dance Company:
the routine begins with a tableau featuring our main dancer surrounded by people dressed in black, their hands grasping at his body—representing a type of darkness that grips him.— 𝚔𝚢𝚛𝚊⁷ ☁︎ | comm. 1 wip (@yoonderelIa) January 17, 2020
his hands are unfurled behind him to represent his wings—he is the swan pic.twitter.com/4GgwAN2vyA
and then he does this intimidating, signature black swan pose, which if you notice closely, is repeated throughout the choreo.— 𝚔𝚢𝚛𝚊⁷ ☁︎ | comm. 1 wip (@yoonderelIa) January 17, 2020
THEN HERE’S MY FUCKING FAVORITE PART.
the dancers in black /start copying his movements/...instead of controlling him. he has conquered his demons. pic.twitter.com/dRgTbyX6Er
Generally, the fandom seems to be waiting anticipation for the band's live performances:
jimin being lifted up in the black swan choreo i see the vision pic.twitter.com/xyHG0C8hWM— ✁baby j (@fairyrkive) January 20, 2020
can we stop for a second and think about the live performances for black swan? if bts will do a choreo for it? if they will perform with live orchestra? how the stage would look like? pic.twitter.com/8HHHIdgNLY— athy⁷ |🦢ᵇˡᵃᶜᵏ ˢʷᵃⁿ (@jeonlvr) January 17, 2020
Watch BTS' 'Black Swan' music video below.