The sweetest face with music so raw, G-Dragon not only impressed many with the eclectic presentation dividing his World Tour concerts live in Hong Kong into three acts. Act I discussing his international celebrity presence as an influential Kpop artist, model, and pop-culture leader specifically in South Korea and the Asia-Pacific. Act II addresses the dichotomy between being G-dragon and Kwon Ji-yong (his birth name). During Act II he asks the audience “Who are you? Who am I/ Do you love me?” Completely exposing barriers between the public and a celebrity by reminding us he is human and feels pain or confusion just like anyone else. Similar to Beyonce’s short film “Yours and Mine” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4pPNxUzGvc , she, just as G-Dragon does after her lead, is questioning life as a world influential artist– being in a sense property of the public, wanting a fulfilling personal life, meanwhile being a mother.
G- Dragon is doing something similar by allowing us to know his thoughts, pain, heartbreak, and musical muse; yet needing a better sense of being grounded to negate the possibility of “losing himself” to the fame. The last act, Act III, a triumph in itself, we hear from others who are idols just for the sake of being close with Kwon Ji-yong in “real life.” We hear from friends and the crew from Big Bang, the Korean boy band that pulled him into fame since age 12. Towards the end of this documentary the audience is graced with the presence of his parents. Having Kwon Ji-yong ’s parents come onto the big screen on his 1st word tour, allowed his persona to simmer down and remind people he is a person–Kwon Ji-yong is their son.
Throughout the concert, G-Dragon flatters us with his many outfit changes each being consistently red close to that of a beguiling blood red. First debut he wears a long red kimono type gown over red leather jeans. Unlike a person who is wears clothes put together by a stylist and simply performing in it, G-Dragon interacts with his clothing. He lets the audience know that he is aware of his beauty and shows us how his kimono compliments his existence during the first few songs. For that duration that he shows enjoyment and is teasing the audience by taking the kimono off and using it in a variation of ways; scarf, headwear, and towel, his allures us to want that particular piece of clothing.
All of a sudden he is done with it. Throws it to the crowd as if it just a piece of fabric–he was the one to make it come alive.
And just like that, without knowing he had even disappeared, he is out again with a full red jumpsuit that he eventually shimmies out of in the most sultry yet masculine type of way. The outfit that impressed many, was a particularly confusing and impractical one considering the conditions of extreme humidity in Hong Kong– his full red velvet suit. Although he was obviously profusely sweating, dabbing his forehead with a hand towel every five seconds, which he eventually throws out to the crowd, he did not let up.
Backstage we learn, G-Dragon had been sick the whole performance and would not be able to come out for an encore, but what G-Dragon expressed, not wanting us to know he was sick although it was clear to everyone especially his agent, “too many girls fainted this concert,” as if he were going to do too much more damage.
How humble of you.
G-dragon is an iconic musician in the asian-pop music industry and he has made a major impact in the fashion industry. Part of my particular fascination with his media presence is due to the fact that G-Dragon challenges gender binaries. With his somewhat feminine features and smaller frame but gritty and fearless attitude he has become a pop-culture emblem for many young adults particularly in South Korean fashion.
I also think his music is very passionate and fun. These are the ones I’ve been listening to on repeat.