“This is another one of those pieces where you know the weight of it before it’s going to hit the air,” Travis Wall told us about the August 19 opening number on “So You Think You Can Dance” (watch it above). We recorded our interview with Wall on Friday, August 16, as the top 10 contestants were preparing for the emotional routine inspired by America’s gun violence epidemic and set to Harry Styles‘s “Sign of the Times.”
The performance featured all 10 “SYTYCD” competitors who made it to the live shows: Madison Jordan, Ezra Sosa, Stephanie Sosa, Gino Cosculluela, Sophie Pittman, Eddie Hoyt, Anna Linstruth, Benjamin Castro, Mariah Russell and Bailey Munoz. Their movements evoked the sudden violent jolt of gun death as well as the group fear, tension and grief that can result. At the end of the number the dancers turned away from the crowd, and the word “Enough” was spelled out across their backs.
“The kids were crying yesterday after doing the piece,” said Wall about developing the routine with the contestants. “Just the state of everything going on right now with all the gun violence and how many people we’re losing … This piece speaks volumes. I’m excited to put it out there because people need to see it, people need to wake up. Enough is enough.”
Wall is currently an Emmy nominee for two routines he choreographed for season 15 of “SYTYCD” last summer, “It Takes a Lot to Know a Man” and “Glass Heart Concerto.” It’s his ninth nomination, which ties him with Derek Hough as the second most nominated choreographer in Emmy history (they both trail Debbie Allen with 11). If he wins, it will be his third victory, which would tie him for the record as the most decorated choreographer at the Emmys. Perhaps he’ll be back at the 2020 Emmys with “Sign of the Times” too.
Watch Wall discuss the emotional routine below.
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