The National were musical guests on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" last night (Oct. 1) but their performance of “Dark Side of the Gym” put two other people in the spotlight: NYC Ballet members Justin Peck and Patricia Delgado, who effortlessly floated across the late-night talk show stage, while The National played the song behind them.
If Peck and Delgado’s performance looks familiar, it’s probably because they danced this light and lovely routine as the stars of the official “Dark Side of the Gym” video, which Peck also directed and choreographed. The ruminating, romantic ballad hails from The National’s Grammy-winning album, Sleep Well Beast, which dropped last September. The album topped multiple charts, made several 2017 Best Albums rankings and won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. The “Dark Side of the Gym” video followed two months after the album's release, posting on YouTube at the end of November.
The dancers don’t have quite as much room on “The Tonight Show” stage as they did on the balloon-filled high school gym floor in the music video. But, their performance feels even more intimate in the smaller space. Their bodies bend, sway, spin, fall apart and come together in perfect time to The National frontman Matt Berninger’s silky vocals and the band’s gentle backing beat.
(Watch the entire stunning “Dark Side of the Gym” performance in the video above).
The National is currently touring on the Sleep Well Beast Tour with Sharon Van Etten, which includes a stop at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on Oct. 9 (Tickets). Stay tuned to AXS for The National news and updates.