Beyoncé is back on stage with a grandiose concert, although not much has yet been revealed. She performed live on Saturday at the opening of Dubai’s new ultra-luxurious resort called Atlantis with invite-only attendees. “But like some online commenters feared, Beyoncé did not perform a single song off of Renaissance Saturday evening, instead opting for a ballad-heavy setlist that included tracks like “Flaws and All,” “Halo,” and “Spirit.” Standing before an intimate-feeling assembly of just over a thousand people, including Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Kendall Jenner, and Chloe and Halle Bailey, she opened the show with her famous cover of Etta James’ “At Last” — a nod to her long-awaited return,” Harper’s BAZAAR reported.
“While there was no music from Renaissance in the show, the album’s influence was still apparent in the avant-garde stage setup for the night. A reimagined version of Raphael’s “The School of Athens” (featuring visibly Black painted characters instead of white) was the official backdrop for the singer, while her backup dancers switched between sequined suits and Victorian-inspired petticoats. Drummers wore Baroque gold face masks, and the women of the Lebanese dance group The Mayyas made multiple appearances throughout the evening, including an appealing throwback to her 2006 collab with Shakira, ‘Beautiful Liar’,” the magazine said.