Travis Payne: "Madonna ne savait pas jouer aux échecs".
Travis Payne Lives to Dance: Choreographer with Michael Jackson 16 years, Now on CBS show with Paula Abdul
By Chris Yandek · February 5, 2011
For 16 years, Travis Payne worked with Michael Jackson on numerous projects. In fact, he was working with Jackson and Kenny Ortega on the This Is It Tour, till the tragic day Jackson was rushed to the hospital and subsequently passed away. As a choreographer, producer and director, Payne has worked with everyone from Madonna to Lady Gaga to Beyonce.
Payne got his big break as a dancer for Janet Jackon’s Rhythm Nation Tour. His career took off from there. He tells CYInterview he had always set out to do something of significance. His focus and drive are the reasons he has a track record of working with numerous marquee names.
Travis worked with Madonna on the Power of Goodbye video. The song was featured on the Material Girl’s Ray of Light Album. The game of chess is featured in the video. Payne says Madonna didn’t know how to play the game. The dancer first met Madonna in Mexico when her tour and Michael Jackson’s tour were taking place at the same time.
“She was very about the business, very to the point and very cordial in that working environment… She didn’t know how to play chess. It was a chess game in the video that we were creating and she didn’t know how to play chess or at least she said she didn’t and she wanted me to show her how to play chess. So I was showing her what I knew and it was pretty cool. We pulled it off. I had met her before in Mexico, but we never worked together. She was doing The Girlie Show and I was on tour with Michael for the Dangerous Tour. So all of the dancers would go back and forth to each other’s shows while we were there together that week and I met her first there at one of her concerts.”
Source: CY Interview.
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