Greta Gurwig's Amazing Post-Breakup Dance


By Kate Paguinto

The first time I saw this video, all I could think was "I relate." 

You ever get in that mood where you're just ready to burst out of your skin and the only thing you want to do is flail your body in every direction? It's not even dancing, really. It's like this overwhelming urge to take all the energy in your mind and release it through your body. 

In this phenomenal YouTube Music Awards performance of Arcade Fire's "Afterlife," we see Greta Gurwig in an all too familiar state of distress as her partner leaves her behind. As the music picks up, she channels her energy into a dance. It starts off somewhat angry and aggressive and eventually turns into a scene of relief and joy as she discovers a new world outside her apartment. 

Her quirkiness and ability to convey real emotion is so captivating, it's hard not to love her. Maybe I'm being a little biased because I adore Greta Gurwig and Spike Jonze (the director of this performance) but I felt that this performance was able to convey so much emotion without needing a hint of dialogue. We wish Greta would go on tour with a troupe!

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Kate Paguinto

Kate is a Content Strategist and co-owner of Dizzy Cactus. She likes puns, Wes Anderson, and the Oxford comma.

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