Last week, fans watched Britney Spears rehearse for her Las Vegas residency, Piece of Me, via her E! special I Am Britney Jean. “I think that you could still get lower here,” her choreographer said, as he dipped forward, “and lower here.” He rotated his hips steadily, as his knees bent closer to the ground. When Spears kicked off Piece of Me on Friday, December 27, she moved swiftly but still could have pushed herself as her choreographer instructed.
Of course, the Planet Hollywood crowd — including Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Adam Lambert, Selena Gomez and Sia — had a lot more to take in.
Backed by a troupe of oft-masked dancers, Spears strolled through “rain,” “snow,” actual fire and a rotating tree. She was an acrobat, a Circus ringleader, a caged freak and a winged angel and she wore a sleek, dark wig for a whirlwind mash-up of “Baby One More Time” and “Oops! … I Did It Again.” From far away, the Piece of Me sights appear to be dazzling. Front-row YouTube footage, however, show that Spears could stand to get lower here, push there and give just a little more throughout, particularly with so much of her time dedicated toward her choreography.
Fortunately, with this being the first of 100 shows lined up, Spears still has plenty of time to work on her energy. Or, as she’s been instructing as of late: “Work, work, work.” Watch Godney open Piece of Me with “Work Bitch” up top, then check out other highlights from her opening night below.