Last night on The Tonight Show, Solange performed “Weary,” and led into it with a snippet of “Rise” (which also comes right before it on her acclaimed 2016 album, A Seat at the Table.) Recreating the expressive yet minimalist, monochromatic flowing fabric-centric aesthetic of her music videos (particularly “Cranes in the Sky”) from the LP, Solange and her backup dancers appeared in red (as did the entire set, as well as the rest of her band), linked up in a train by swathes of fabric.
The image — striking both here and in the “Cranes” video — seemingly draws on the album’s themes of both the individuality and connectivity of identity, and shared experiences of oppression, pride, and healing among black women. As The Fader points out, the look was designed by Solange’s mother (who appears on the album), Tina Knowles, taking inspiration from Issey Miyake. Solange posted the credits for the concert on Instagram:
Jimmy Fallon Tonight 🔴 Love and honor to Revelations by Ailey 🔴 Singers: Isadora Mendez and Franchelle Lucas Costumes : Tina and Tim White Choreography/Creative Direction: Myself Band: Drums- John Key Jr. Bass – David "DJ" Raymond Jr. Keys- Reshard Baham Co Musical Director – Pj Morton Dance coordinator- Maya Taylor
Watch the performance: