Choreographer JaQuel Knight on Queen & Freddie Mercury: He 'Literally Gave Everything He Had'

Choreographer JaQuel Knight on Queen & Freddie Mercury: He 'Literally Gave Everything He Had'


Choreographer JaQuel Knight's strikes have made their technique to Beyoncé's stage, however he's drawn inspiration from those that got here earlier than Queen B for years — and Queen is one which had him stomping and clapping with the beat lengthy earlier than "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" got here alongside.

To mark the Friday (Nov. 2) theatrical launch of Bohemian Rhapsody, the brand new movie that chronicles the rise of the sector rock act earlier than their career-defining efficiency at Live Aid in 1985, Knight spoke on Freddie Mercury's affect as a performer and the way the movie captured that.

"From his confidence, to the best way he walked, to the best way he held the mic stand — [he] embodied that," he says. "The distinction between good and nice is perception in your self. Bohemian Rhapsody, to me, it's about being free."

He goes on to spotlight Mercury's impression on him, personally, and why Queen's music lends itself so completely to spirited choreography.

"Freddie actually gave every little thing he had each time he hit the stage, within the studio," Knight continues earlier than invoking "We Will Rock You," one among Queen's best hits. "Freddie created issues that folks had been afraid of. You have to have the ability to look concern straight in its eyes, and also you're gonna create. I'm that very same method… The thought of the stomp and claps is genius, since you need the viewers to be part of the present."

Watch Knight talk about Queen and Mercury's lasting impression — and work by way of some killer choreography impressed by their music — under.