On the MTV VMAs
Sunday night, Doja Cat will be performing a medley of “Been Like This” and “You Right,” both from her “Planet Her” album, which has fared remarkably well in the marketplace this year. She’s been on a roll of knockout awards-show performances, from her shady look on the Grammys to cavorting with aliens in a corn field on the IHeartRadio Music Awards this summer. Without wanting to spoil too much, she says her performance this weekend will involve very different choreography.
“If I did the same thing every day, I’d lose my mind, and that’s been my whole life,” she says. “I can’t do the same thing every day. I had a really hard time in school (because of that). So that’s the definition of my career. and I wanted to do something that felt completely opposite to the last thing I did. A lot of the things I do are like hip-hop dance. And I haven’t fully embraced my breakdancing, popping side. But for this, I wanted to do contemporary/modern dance. It’s very expressive and beautiful, and visually it’s compelling and just registers really nicely on stage. And I wanted to go for a very ethereal and soft but intense kind of presentation. So it’s been really fun learning that. And my back, my neck, my shoulders, and my legs are gone after trying to learn this. But it feels very natural, and I’m very excited for how it will look in the end.”
Is there anything or anyone to whom she’d correlate the style she’s going for with Sunday night’s dance? “Absolutely. One artist that I look up to the most is FKA Twigs
. She is peak perfection when it comes to performing on stage. And I think she’s very into that contemporary dance world. With that kind of ethereal-ness that she has, I feel like she is like the epitome of beauty. And I saw that if she’s taking parts from that (style of choreography)… it felt like it was only her, but we need more people exposing this beautiful form of contemporary/modern dance. And so I had her in mind when I wanted to create something beautiful in that sense.”