Last Sunday night, Beyoncé’s monumental RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR officially wrapped in Kansas City’s GEHA Field At Arrowhead Stadium after filling each city with powerful dance music from her wildly successful seventh studio album, RENAISSANCE, and bringing its infectious energy to over ten countries across 56 shows around the globe.
In conjunction with the final show and minutes after walking off stage, Beyoncé announced RENAISSANCE: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ will take over movie theaters worldwide this December. The film chronicles her intention, hard work as creative and producer, and her process in mastering her craft to execute the 56-performance, 39-city, record-breaking and phenomenally successful global outing. RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR is a cultural movement that celebrated the sounds and impact of Beyonce’s RENAISSANCE album and spread a message of self-love, freedom, and inclusivity.
The RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR marked its final show on Sunday to an enthusiastic capacity crowd. But just when the audience begged for more, Beyoncé delivered a mega announcement on the mega screens. The show continues with RENAISSANCE: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ to be released in theaters on December 1st. The RENAISSANCE continues.
RENAISSANCE: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ accentuates the journey of RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR, from its inception, to the opening in Stockholm, Sweden, to the finale in Kansas City, Missouri. It is about Beyoncé’s intention, hard work, involvement in every aspect of the production, her creative mind and purpose to create her legacy, and master her craft. Received with extraordinary acclaim, Beyoncé’s RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR created a sanctuary for freedom, and shared joy, for more than 2.7 million fans.
The 56-date 2023 tour, produced by Parkwood Entertainment and promoted by Live Nation, kicked off with shows in Europe throughout May and June, including five sold out nights at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, then proceeded to North America with shows in July, August, September, and early October. Her global run earned over $579 million worldwide. Across the tour, Beyoncé performed for over 2.7 million fans in the world’s most famous stadiums, fitting for the production that included a 300+ member touring crew, including musicians, dancers, production teams and more.
RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR is the amalgamation and rebirth of legendary house music with the purest and most all-encompassing form of multigenerational self-expression. The tour marked a significant paradigm shift in pop culture for fashion, inclusivity, Ballroom culture, Black, Queer joy, voguing and the experience of live music.
The one-of-a-kind IVY PARK look was conceived and creative directed by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter herself. The artist captivated attendees at Arrowhead Stadium, in a monochromatic Atelier IVY PARK ensemble, during her on-stage performance of CUFF IT, ENERGY and BREAK MY SOUL. Beyoncé’s made-to-measure IVY PARK look featured a vantablack sequin floor-length gown with a signature keyhole cutout and dual thigh high slits. The look was topped with an embossed, leather, cropped bomber featuring the IVY PARK logo and adidas trefoil.
The RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR dancers shut down the stage, in unreleased, IVY PARK looks. Clad in all black everything, the monochrome ensembles came to life on stage in assorted silhouettes, among them: a leather pleated mini skirt, cropped liquid latex bustier and leather jacket pairing, an embossed leather jersey with and cargo pant ensemble, and, a liquid latex cropped bustier, with matching liquid latex legging.
Beyoncé’s performances at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium marked a historic moment, as no one has played this many shows at the stadium since its opening in 2019, and she was one of very few artists to perform at this stadium. This incredible achievement is a testament to her immense global popularity, solidifying her status as an unparalleled artist in the industry. A staggering 238,000 fans were in attendance across all five shows to see the greatest living live performer.
In one of the most unique stage productions of this year, fans could access exclusive concert viewing experiences including Pure/Honey On Stage Risers – a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see the show on the stage – along with BeyHive VIP and Club Renaissance areas surrounding the stage. Each night, fans were blown away by Beyoncé’s emotional return to the global stage after five years, opening every show with “Dangerously In Love,” her knockout ballad that was one of her first solo songs released twenty years ago, and five completely breathtaking different sections from the show – RENAISSANCE, MOTHERBOARD, OPULENCE, ANOINTED, and MIND CONTROL. Each new segment featured all new wardrobe, storytelling, and remarkable enrapturing visuals between acts transforming each new narrative into a 3D immersive experience.
Along the tour, Beyoncé had an impressive list of special guests, including Kendrick Lamar in Los Angeles to perform their recent remix of “AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM”, Megan Thee Stallion to perform the “Savage Remix” in Houston, and most frequently, her 11-year old daughter Blue Ivy Carter across multiple dates in Europe and North America. There was a huge surprise for Beyoncé at her birthday show on September 4 in Los Angeles when legend Diana Ross came on stage to sing Happy Birthday. The world witnessed a beautiful moment with Beyoncé thanking Ms. Ross after the former Supremes lead led So-Fi Stadium in a Happy Birthday singalong.
Each night has featured innovative designer looks from an array of over 35 world known fashion houses, as well as an array of emerging designers from across the globe. The tour staffed four stylists to curate show-stopping moments of sartorial splendor, night after night. Wardrobe collaborations have included Atelier IVY PARK conceived and creative directed by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter herself, Tiffany & Co, JACQUEMUS, Vivienne Westwood, Loewe, Alexander McQueen, Roksanda, Off-White, Fendi, David Koma, Stella McCartney, Mary Katrantzou, Nina Ricci, Carolina Herrera, Feben, Missoni, Roberto Cavalli, Marni, Lanvin, Arturo Obegero, Diesel, LaQuan Smith, Jean Paul Gaultier, Dundas, Valentino, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Marc Jacobs, Schiaparelli, Marine Serre, Acne Studios, Louis Vuitton, Ferragamo, Gucci, Iris Van Herpen, Del Core, Richard Quinn, Balmain, Mugler, Tongoro, Courrèges, Coperni, Roksanda, Brandon Blackwood, and more.
In each audience, fans took their own concert attire to new heights, embracing the culture of RENAISSANCE and self-expression with some of the most unique outfits. Beyoncé personally requested fans to wear their most fabulous silver fashions to the show to surround one another in a shimmering human disco ball for Virgo season (August 23 – September 22) in the House of Chrome. Throughout the global outing, fans danced the electric slide to “CUFF IT,” sang their hearts out and clicked their handheld fans to outro of “HEATED,” and competed with other fans in each city during the mute challenge in “ENERGY.”
And the critics have been exuberantly vocal about the RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR from Europe to North America dubbing it a must-see cultural event and the tour of the year:
“The future belongs to an American monarch and the gates to her undeniable renaissance have finally opened,” said NPR. “A lavish leap forward for live entertainment. Renaissance is a monster blockbuster concert experience on a different plane,” raved The Guardian. And Rolling Stone entered the chat with “The anticipated show in Stockholm’s Friends Arena was A futuristic, robot-filled extravaganza that covered every part of Beyoncé’s career. A once-in-a-lifetime show from one of pop’s greatest live performers.” And after covering a number of shows, The New York Times declared, “Anything Beyoncé does becomes a cultural event, but the RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR has become a cultural movement”.
Leading up to her performances, the RENAISSANCE FLAGSHIPS, a one-of-a-kind new retail concept and exhibition celebrating the RENAISSANCE album, tour, and collection, made pop-up appearances in both London and Toronto. Featuring a 21-piece exclusive collection of merchandise in Toronto and a never-before-seen exhibition of RENAISSANCE couture by BEYONCÉ X BALMAIN in London, fans were able to experience the unique retail multimedia installation with partners Holt Renfrew and Flannels X. The pop up also featured an exhibition of RENAISSANCE Couture by BEYONCÉ X BALMAIN where 16 outfits, commemorating the 16 songs on her latest groundbreaking album, were shown. The partnership marks the first time a Black woman has overseen a collaboration with the legendary house. To note the occasion, a four-piece, limited-edition product extension was debuted, titled Renaissance: Beyoncé with Balmain in Toronto and three, limited-edition pieces were available to shop in London.
As with previous tours, Beyoncé made her mark offstage, too, with BeyGOOD, the initiative she founded in 2013, now a public Charity, to support people and programs around the world. BeyGOOD continued its legacy of philanthropy, building out this focus on economic equity by supporting organizations that serve marginalized and underserved communities with access to scholarships, opportunities for internships that lead to job placement, and resources to support entrepreneurship.
In various cities throughout the tour, BeyGOOD supported entrepreneurs through Black Parade Route luncheons, celebrating small business owners, with grant opportunities being awarded and a foray of services with global partners that promoted business sustainability. One thousand small businesses were supported with a commitment totaling one million dollars. The first 100K was awarded on May 28 to ten small businesses in London.
BeyGOOD also supported students through scholarship funds that were given to colleges and universities in ten different cities along the tour. Each school was given one hundred thousand dollars and will select the student recipients. BeyGOOD’s total scholarship commitment during RENAISSANCE WORLD TOUR was one million dollars.
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