Beyoncé and Jay-Z "Everything Is Love"

Unless you're living under a rock, you probably know that everyone's favorite Queen Bey released an album last weekend she created with her husband Jay-Z called Everything Is Love. Much to our delight, the pair incorporated dance right off the bat! The cover of the album features two dancers of "So You Think You Can Dance" fame: Jasmine Harper and Nicholas Slick Stewart, both from season 10.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z "Everything Is Love"
Jasmine Harper and Nicholas 'Slick' Stewart in front of the Mona Lisa

Of course, this famous singing duo never does anything halfway. The album's lead track is called "Apes**t", and Mr. & Mrs. Carter have released a video for the song. And, of course, it's pretty epic. The video was filmed in Paris's Louvre museum, which houses some of the most iconic art in the world. (Side note - how did they make that happen? Did they close down the museum for the day? More than one day? Did they film overnight? We have to know!!)

In true Beyonce fashion, the video incorporates some sweet dance moves. But unlike many of her previous videos, much of the movement is unmistakably contemporary. In addition to their usual choreographers, JaQuel Knight and Chris Grant, the Carters actually hired Belgian choreographer (and current artistic director for the Royal Ballet of Flanders) Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. You may recognize that name - he's collaborated with Damien Jalet and Akram Khan, and has created work for companies like Geneva Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, and the former Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet.

Iconic.

Want to learn more about some of the symbolism of the art featured in the video? Read this article

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Anne Luben has performed works by notable choreographers such as Donald McKayle, Bill T. Jones, Jiri Kylian, Idan Cohen, Alex Ketley, and Summer Lee Rhatigan, among others.