Red Velvet’s first unit, Irene & Seulgi, just released their music video for second single “Naughty”, and everyone is talking about how perfectly they executed tutting in their choreography.
Tutting is a unique dance genre which revolves around creating precise geometric angles with the arms and hands, swiftly transitioning between complex moves.
Despite how difficult the style is to execute, the ambitious choreography for Irene & Seulgi’s “Naughty” is almost entirely composed of tutting moves.
The dance was choreographed by experienced tutting dancer Spella as well as one of Red Velvet’s usual choreographers, Shim Jaewon.
Both members previously talked about the extensive practice it took to master the “Naughty” choreography, and Irene noted that fans would notice if even one finger was out of place.
Some of the moves are so impressive, fans can’t believe the members’ bodies can twist into such angles without Photoshop.
irene out here looking like someone photoshopped her 😭 5 months of learning tutting had RESULTS pic.twitter.com/IAVtPKCK3h
— 🤍👻🖤 (@ultseul) July 20, 2020
On top of the dancing itself, fans have praised the use of clever camera angles and editing tricks to make the whole performance even more visually intriguing. In one scene, it appears that Irene is wearing a head camera to film Seulgi dancing through the frame of her own arms.
— sooj & (@softjoygi) July 20, 2020
In another, the aspect ratio of the video itself is changed to highlight how well Seulgi and Irene complement each other.
— 🎢🍍ʀ💙s🗡🧸 (@stevelvets) July 20, 2020
Tutting became popular on the streets of the United States back in the 1980s, but it’s rarely seen in K-Pop choreography. And, when it is seen, it’s usually performed by boy groups. The few songs which have previously incorporated tutting into their moves include BTS’s “Dope”, SHINee’s “Lucifer”, and Super Junior’s “Sorry, Sorry”.
As one of the few female artists in the industry to ever attempt this complex style, Irene and Seulgi are taking Red Velvet performances to new heights.
and when the entire kpop industry starts incorporating tutting into their choreos we know who paved the way
— PhD in Cuntology (@joytheestallion) July 20, 2020
And, this is just “episode 1”. At the end of the “Naughty” music video, Irene and Seulgi part ways, alluding to the “episode 2” and “episode 3” solo performances SM Entertainment announced previously.
Watch the full tutting performance in the “Naughty” music video: