Dark Ballet

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"Dark Ballet"
Madonna - Dark Ballet (single).png
Promotional single by Madonna
from the album Madame X
ReleasedJune 7, 2019 (2019-06-07)
GenreExperimental pop
  • Madonna
  • Mirwais
Music video
"Dark Ballet" on YouTube
Madame X track listing
18 tracks
  1. "Medellín"
  2. "Dark Ballet"
  3. "God Control"
  4. "Future"
  5. "Batuka"
  6. "Killers Who Are Partying"
  7. "Crave"
  8. "Crazy"
  9. "Come Alive"
  10. "Faz Gostoso"
  11. "Bitch I'm Loca"
  12. "I Don't Search I Find"
  13. "I Rise"
Deluxe edition
  1. "Extreme Occident"
  2. "Looking for Mercy"
Deluxe box set edition
  1. "Funana"
  2. "Back That Up to the Beat"
  3. "Ciao Bella"

"Dark Ballet" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Madonna for her fourteenth studio album, Madame X (2019). She wrote and produced it with French musician Mirwais. The song was released as the album's promotional single on June 7, 2019, along with a music video directed Emmanuel Adjei.[1]


"Dark Ballet" is an experimental pop song,[2] featuring heavy use of Daft Punk-like vocoder and orchestral music, structured similarly to that of "Bohemian Rhapsody". Additionally, the song features a sample of "The Nutcracker Suite: Dance of the Reed-Flutes" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.[3] In an interview, Madonna stated that the concept behind the song was influenced by one of her favourite films, A Clockwork Orange.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Dark Ballet" stars a Joan of Arc-inspired story-line featuring Mykki Blanco,[1][4] where several heads of the church arrest and execute him.[3] Within the video, directed by Emmanuel Adjei, Blanco is shown to be interpretative dancing in the iconic conical bra.[5]

Live performance[edit]

"Dark Ballet" was performed by Madonna on Met Gala in May 2018, when song was yet known as a "Beautiful Game".[6] A part of the song was performed at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, alongside Madonna's "Future" from the same album, and 1989 single "Like a Prayer".[7][8][9]


Chart (2019) Peak
France Downloads (SNEP)[10] 49
UK Downloads (Official Charts Company)[11] 83


  1. ^ a b "Watch and listen to Madame X's "Dark Ballet" now!". Madonna.com. June 7, 2019. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  2. ^ http://www.bbcamerica.com/on-the-beat/2019/06/10-things-to-know-this-week-june-10-16
  3. ^ a b Stubblebine, Allison (June 7, 2019). "Mykki Blanco is Joan of Arc in Madonna's dizzying "Dark Ballet" video". Nylon.com. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  4. ^ "Madonna's "Dark Ballet" music video is dark and stunning: watch". Billboard. June 7, 2019. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  5. ^ Camp, Alexa (June 7, 2019). "Mykki Blanco is a trans Joan of Arc in Madonna's "Dark Ballet" video - watch". Slant Magazine. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  6. ^ Mike, Wass (June 7, 2019). "'Dark Ballet' Is Madonna's Most Experimental Single Yet". Idolator. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  7. ^ Beaumont-Thomas, Ben (2019-06-04). "Madonna: Madame X review – her most bizarre album ever". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  8. ^ "Madonna Set to Perform 'Like A Prayer' & 'Future' With Quavo at Eurovision Grand Final". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  9. ^ Legaspi, Althea; Legaspi, Althea (2019-05-17). "Madonna and Quavo Welcome the 'Future' in New Song". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2019-06-20.
  10. ^ "Le Top de la semaine: Top Singles Téléchargés" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. June 14, 2019. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  11. ^ "Official Singles Downloads Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. June 14, 2019. Retrieved June 17, 2019.