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Jenna Ortega’s ‘Wednesday’ Dance Scene Is the Moment the Show Becomes Great


If we are honest, by Netflix Wednesday For most of its run, it’s kind of blah—monotonic, uncreative, and a little too preoccupied with borrowing concepts we’ve seen before. But give it four episodes (I know, I know) and you’ll at least get to witness one of the best quirky dance scenes television has done in a while. In an explosion of swinging arms, high kicks and stares, Jenna Ortega given Wednesday (and Wednesday) a disco to remember.

What was the name chosen for the Nevermore Academy prom? The Rave’N dance, of course. Our black-dressed and braided woman doesn’t care much for the festival, but she finally gets a date on her doorstep, thanks to a little intervention from her favorite freaky hand. hers, Thing. (Thing also bought her a dress for the occasion using the “five-finger discount.”)

The stage was ready from the very beginning for a permanent production. The Rave’N Dance, like most school dances shown on television, looks much more expensive than a typical high school prom. From the icy blue light to the crisp white outfits, this dance has flair. And then in the marches on Wednesday, dating followed, in a surprisingly flowing (still collared) dress. Hints “Goo Goo Muck” by The Cramps.

It is at this exact moment that Wednesday—a series that, despite Tim Burton, often feels a craving for glitz—is finally starting to work. (At least, as long as Jenna Ortega swings her arms.)

But let’s discuss some of those jumps. Sometimes, Ortega’s movements telegraph “corpse bride;” Her arms and neck dangled as if suspended by a puppet. Then she will pull out an arm with the sharpness of Britney Spears on her Onyx tour, though at one angle, again, can make her look dead. The cinematography of these scenes only adds to the magic—at one point, it was possible to capture a see-through look on Ortega’s face as she turned her head to the music.

Wednesday’s presence at Rave’N Dance may have been an unexpected turning point for her peers, but the Addams Family truly has a rich history in dance. The original series has multiple episodes in which various characters attempt to teach Lurch—Frankenstein’s monster-like servant famous for whining, “Did you call?” – groove way. First Gomez and Morticia in Season 1, and then Wednesday give Lurch another lesson in Season 2.

And who can forget Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia’s hilarious, almost deadly tango from Addams Family Values, gave a whole new meaning to the word “fire on the dance floor”?

great to see that Wednesday continues this long tradition of Addams. But who is behind this choreography chaos? Apparently Ortega himself choreographed the movie for a week — and then shot it while sick with COVID.

“I am not a dancer,” Ortega said NME, and I’m sure that’s obvious.” She said she received the song about a week before it was time to shoot. However, on the morning of filming, she said she woke up feeling “as if I had been hit by a car and a little goblin had crawled into my throat and was scratching the wall of my esophagus.” I.”

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams.

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She said that the production gave Ortega a pill in between doses NME, as they await a positive COVID test result. (MGM, manufacturing company Wednesdaytold NME that “strict COVID procedures were followed, and after a positive test result was confirmed, production removed Jenna from the set.”) Although Ortega believed she could do the scene. This is better if she’s healthy, but doesn’t have time to get back to dancing.

The good news is, she managed to kill it anyway. An inspiration? Siouxsie Sioux, of the British rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. Ortega told NME she watched the video for Happy Home, from the band’s third album Kaleidoscope-and that she may have tricked a few moves from Siouxsie Sioux to get her own number.

“There was a part at the dance Wednesday where I jumped to the left and I put my hands to the side,” she said, “and that’s what [Siouxsie] did on stage later in her career.

With such inspiration (and a family legacy of stellar choreography), it’s no surprise that on Wednesday, the high school class was in for a split second.

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