Southland Sessions

S1 E4 | CLIP

Chloe Arnold on Filming the 'Savage' Performance

Chloe Arnold, Emmy award-nominated choreographer and founder of the Syncopated Ladies, recounts the challenges of filming the "Savage" remix dance in L.A.'s Sepulveda Basin under the scorching heat of the sun during a pandemic. She gives her perspective on how dancing can be a much-needed release in this age of quarantine.

AIRED: August 26, 2020 | 0:04:08
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PLEASE DON'T GET ME HYPED

WRITE MY NAME IN ICE

CAN'T ARGUE WITH THESE LAZY ...

I JUST RAISED MY PRICE

I'M A BOSS, I'M A LEADER

I PULL UP IN MY TWO-SEATER

AND MY MOMMA WAS A SAVAGE

...GOT THIS ... FROM TINA

I'M A SAVAGE, YEAH

CLASSY, BOUGIE, RATCHET... ♪

TAMICA: THOSE WERE THE

SYNCOPATED LADIES

SAFELY PERFORMING IN THE

SEPULVEDA BASIN AT THE

L.A. RIVER,

AND I HAD A CHANCE TO SIT

DOWN WITH ONE OF THE FOUNDERS,

MY FRIEND THE BEAUTIFUL AND SO

TALENTED CHLOE ARNOLD.

WE JUST SAW AN AMAZING PIECE

THAT YOU GUYS JUST DID IN THE

L.A. BASIN.

CHLOE: YOU KNOW, IT'S

INTERESTING. THE "SAVAGE" SONG

HAD COME OUT, AND IT WAS MOSTLY

ON TIKTOK. I DECIDED, YOU KNOW,

I'M GOING TO APPROACH TIKTOK

WITH THE SAME WAY THAT I

APPROACH EVERYTHING, WHICH IS

SHARE THE WORK THAT INSPIRES ME

VERSUS, LIKE, TRYING TO

NECESSARILY DO TIKTOK VIDEOS. SO

WITH THAT BEING SAID, OUR

"SAVAGE REMIX" WAS A WHOLE ART

PIECE. I WANT TO EMBODY THE

FEROCITY OF WHAT WE'RE FEELING

RIGHT NOW. LIKE EVERYBODY,

EVERYBODY THAT NEEDS A RELEASE,

EVERYBODY NEEDS TO JUST FEEL

FREE AND BE OUTSIDE AND BE IN

THE SUN AND BE DOING WHAT YOU

LOVE AND FINDING THAT ABILITY TO

DO IT SAFELY. AND SO, THAT

WAS--YOU KNOW, I FEEL LIKE WHEN

WE DID THAT DANCE, I FEEL LIKE

IT WAS HONESTLY LIKE JUST THE

UNLEASHING, LIKE THE FREEDOM OF

LIKE, "OH, YEAH, I KNOW WHO I

AM. I KNOW WHAT I CAME TO DO."

SO FOR US, YOU KNOW, WE WANTED

TO THINK WHERE IN L.A. KIND OF

DEPICTS THIS FEELING THAT WE

HAVE. AND, YOU KNOW, THE L.A.

BASIN IS EMPTY IN THAT AREA.

THIS KIND OF ABANDONMENT OF THE

WORLD. I MEAN, YOU KNOW, FOR

PROBABLY 2 MILES EVERY

DIRECTION, THERE'S NOBODY EXCEPT

US. YOU CAN'T EVEN UNDERSTAND

HOW CRAZY WE ARE. SO THIS IS

WHERE, LIKE, NOT--THIS IS WHERE

LIKE, YOU THINK, "OK, I WANT TO

GET IT DONE," BUT YOU DON'T

THINK, LIKE, HOW HARD IT'S GONNA

BE TO GET IT DONE--

TAMICA: RIGHT, RIGHT.

CHLOE: WITH COVID AND THE

CHALLENGES AND REST--YOU

KNOW, JUST HOW TO STAY SAFE. SO

THOSE BOARDS THAT YOU WERE

TALKING ABOUT, THOSE TAP BOARDS?

WE CARRIED THEM, I THINK, FOR A

MILE IN THE SUN ON ONE OF THE

MOST SCORCHING DAYS IN THE

VALLEY.

TAMICA: Y'ALL BETTER WORK.

CHLOE: HA! I WAS LIKE...WE GOT

TO A CERTAIN POINT--

TAMICA: COULDN'T YOU HAVE A

DOLLY? YOU COULDN'T BRING A

DOLLY?

CHLOE: TAMICA, THAT WOULD HAVE

BEEN LOGICAL. OK? THAT--THAT--

THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE WAY TO

GO. BUT AGAIN, IT'S A PANDEMIC,

AND YOU'RE NOT THINKING ABOUT,

LIKE, WHAT STORE HAS A DOLLY.

AND YOU'RE JUST LIKE "WE'RE

GONNA MAKE IT HAPPEN!"

TAMICA: "DO IT! WE'LL DO IT!"

CHLOE: YEAH, IT GOT REALLY REAL.

AND WE GOT TO THAT POINT WHERE

WE HAD TO DECIDE KEEP GOING OR

TURN BACK. AND WE WERE LIKE, "WE

MADE IT THIS FAR. LET'S GO." AND

THEN WE, YOU KNOW, TREKKED THAT

NEXT AMOUNT. IT WAS PROBABLY

LIKE 1/4 MILE MORE.

TAMICA: WOW.

CHLOE: WE'RE NUTS. BUT AGAIN,

THIS IS LIKE YOU SAID. THE LOVE

OF DANCE AND THE NEED, THE

NECESSITY FOR FREEDOM THAT COMES

WHEN YOU DANCE IS SO AMAZING.

HONESTLY, THAT DANCING OUTSIDE

IN THE DEAD OF THE HEAT, DRIPPED

IN SWEAT, YOU KNOW, LIKE, DOING

THIS GIRL POWER MOMENT, WAS

EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO LIKE TO

RE-ENERGIZE ME, 'CAUSE WE'VE

BEEN DOING SO MUCH BUSINESS AND

ZOOMING AND A REMINDER OF LIKE

THE REASON WE'RE DOING THE

BUSINESS AND ZOOMING IS BECAUSE

WE WANT TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER

TO DO ART. AND I'M SURE YOU

KNOW, TAMICA, THE BALANCE OF

BEING AN ARTIST AND, YOU KNOW,

BEING A BUSINESSWOMAN AND THAT--

YOU HAVE TO KEEP DOING THE ART

TO REMEMBER WHY THE BUSINESS

STUFF MATTERS--TO KEEP GETTING

THE ART OUT THERE.

TAMICA: YEP. THAT'S REAL TOUGH.

AND THE DANCE JUST HELPS TO KIND

OF KEEP US ALIVE, KEEP US GOING.

CHLOE: EXACTLY.

TAMICA: HOWEVER WE DO IT--

CHLOE: EXACTLY.

TAMICA: FOR OUR PERSONAL SELVES,

THOSE OF US WHO ARE MAKING IT

HAPPEN AND LEADING. THAT'S--

CHLOE: EXACTLY. EXACTLY. 'CAUSE


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