The beautiful and very artistic music-film Runaway by Kanye West is full of symbolic clues; a metaphorical wrestling with creative life in the spotlight. The ballet segment is exquisite, one you can watch over again. That is rare to find.
Kanye West – Runaway (Ballet segment) ft. Pusha T
I recognize the magnificent imagery as the work of Vanessa Beecroft, who is credited as Art Director.
“Do you know what I hate most about your world? Anything that is different, you try to change. You try to tear it down. You rip the wings off the Phoenix and they turn to stone. And if I don’t burn, I will turn to stone. If I don’t burn, I can’t go back to my world.” the Phoenix said.
The alluring Phoenix represents the artist’s inner conscious and tells us how strange the world is and how important it is to stay true to yourself, committing to your art, or you won’t exist.
Every bag, every blouse, every bracelet / Comes with a price tag, baby, face it / You should leave if you can’t accept the basics
– Kanye West / Runaway
Kanye West – Runaway (Full-length Film)