'Together At Home': Christine and the Queens Lifted Our Spirits by Dancing Around Her Bedroom on Instagram Live
The beloved singer urged social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Héloïse Adelaïde Letissier, better known as Christine and the Queens or Chris, danced around her bedroom and sang at the top of her lungs to raise awareness for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) response to the coronavirus as part of the "Together At Home" series on Monday.
Letissier opened her home concert with an affable tour of her room. She had pushed her bed to the side to give herself enough space to dance around and made the game-time decision to perform in socks — but pointedly kept her cool shoes in the frame for the audience to see.
The French pop star sang "People, I've Been Sad," "Mountains," and a remix of her hit "Tilted" by Paradis. She also sang a cover of the Weeknd’s "Blinding Lights" and spontaneously sang Michael Jackson’s "Who Is It" a cappella when someone requested it in the comments.
While Letissier provided a funny commentary throughout her performance, she also took the time to emphasize the importance of social distancing and called for global solidarity in the face of the growing pandemic.
"I can’t stress how important it is to stay in, I know it's hard," she said. "I know the temptation is big to go outside for just a second … but we need to take care of each by locking inside."
"Together At Home" is a virtual event series that was launched on March 16 by Global Citizen and the WHO, and supported by artists and influencers worldwide. The series aims to bring people joy and a sense of community as public shutdowns and social distancing take effect, leaving some people feeling lonely, anxious, and depressed. It also offers Global Citizens a chance to take action to help stop the spread of COVID-19 around the world.
"My small gesture is to sing and dance in my bedroom," Letissier said. “"t reminds me of my young years, when I was just messing around with my computer."
"I’m not a piano player type, I’m more a-vibing-with-my-body type," she added.
Letissier’s internet connection was spotty throughout, but she made the most of it by playfully singing and joking about it.
"Is it better?" she sang. "Do you hear me? Can you see me? Is it better? Nobody will stop me, not even the bad connection."
The home concert showcased Letissier’s powerful voice and acclaimed dance moves, but it was ultimately meant to bring attention to the WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
"I’m not doing it just for the sake of it, so if you want to take meaningful actions to help stop the coronavirus go to globalcitizen.org/coronavirus," she said. "You can see how we can all end this pandemic ASAP."
The "Together At Home" concert series is part of a Global Citizen campaign that calls on governments, companies, and individuals to support the WHO’s Solidarity Response Fund for COVID-19.
And many more are coming up this week, including the following artists and influencers on Tuesday:
Kerry Washington at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET
Priyanka Chopra Jonas at 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET
Chloe x Halle at 1 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. ET
You can learn more about coronavirus and how to promote global health by visiting the "Together At Home" campaign page, and look out for news on the next installments of the "Together At Home" series by following Global Citizen on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
You can see all of Global Citizen's COVID-19 coverage here.