Andrew Winghart Creates Striking Visual For Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me A River"
by Resolute Magazine Staff
Your favorite tale of a haunting heartbreak gets a new visual from the L.A.-based choreographer, Andrew Winghart. Winghart creates a river of tears with 37 professional dancers–36 women and one male–in an empty warehouse. Justin Timberlake’s 2002 hit single is just as prompting 15 years later.
Working with 37 dancers is a challenge, especially when you have to consider the many intricate movements in the 3-minute, 31-second visual and the varying heights of the dancers. But Winghart, becoming “obsessed” with the concept after hearing the hit again knew he had to pull the concept video together.
“I had stumbled across the song after not hearing it for a few years and was really taken by how it still sounded as current as anything top 40 in 2017,” Winghart shared with online dance magazine Dance Informa. “I knew almost instantly that I wanted to do a video project to it! Initially, I thought it would be cool to try and have a lead dancer with an actual body of water on screen but quickly realized that was not going to be possible. To me, the most sensible solution was to create a river out of dancers, which in retrospect isn’t that much more reasonable of an idea. But I became obsessed with the concept and knew I had to follow through or I would drive myself to insanity.”
Winghart, originally from Wisconsin, received his education at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Calif. In the past, Winghart has choreographed to hit songs such as Lorde’s Tennis Court, Missy Elliot’s Pass That Dutch, and ZHU’s Faded. It was with this visual for Cry Me A River that Winghart not only reached a viewership of 8 million across social media but, received an invitation to choreograph a performance for Lin Manuel-Miranda and Auli’i Cravalho at the 89th Academy Awards.
In the concept video, the spotlight stays on George Lawrence II, the male lead, as the women rush around him in shades of blue. The striking visual will keep you captivated from the minute the Timbaland-produced track starts until the moment the girls rush out of the frame. The male dancer starts the dance alone, and he ends it alone.