Madonna has unveiled her new video for ‘Dark Ballet.’ It’s the fifth and final preview that will be released from her forthcoming Madame X, which is due out on 14 June through Interscope/Maverick Records. The cinematic new clip stars Mykki Blanco, who portrays Joan of Arc and you can check it out below.
In the striking, Emmanuel Adjei-directed video, Blanco is seen bravely facing adversity from various religious figures and onlookers and dancing despite the impending, inescapable doom to come. The short clip flashes through a series of dark, religious visuals, showing a group of people dressed in black ropes, a person’s hands bound by rope and several close-ups of crucifixes. The Queen of Pop herself is shown with a black veil covering her face; as her eyes glance up to the camera, the teaser cuts to black showing only the title of the highly anticipated track.
Mykki Blanco mouths along to Madonna’s lyrics, “‘Cause your world is such a shame/’Cause your world’s obsessed with fame,” Madonna sings on the chorus. “‘Cause your world’s in so much pain/’Cause your world is/’Cause your world is up in flames.”
“She fought the English and she won, still the French were not happy,” Madonna says of the song’s lyrical and visual inspiration, Joan of Arc. “Still they judged her. They said she was a man, they said she was a lesbian, they said she was a witch, and, in the end, they burned her at the stake, and she feared nothing. I admire that.”
The ‘Dark Ballet’ clip closes with inspiring words from Mykki Blanco: “I have walked this earth, Black, Queer and HIV positive, but no transgression against me has been as powerful as the hope I hold within.”
‘Dark Ballet’ follows the previously released Madame X songs, ‘Future’ featuring Quavo, ‘Crave’ with Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee, ‘I Rise’ and the Maluma-featuring ‘Medellín.’