And at this point, everyone needs to bow down and recognize that the combo of Sia, director Daniel Askill, choreographer Ryan Heffington, and dancer Maggie Siegler is definitely unprecedented, and probably better than any other longterm music video run . Now, when does the movie come out?
The interpretive dance collaboration between Sia, dancer Maddie Ziegler, director Daniel Askill and choreographer Ryan Heffington continues — this time with their simplest, yet arguably most provocative piece yet.
There's no way to replicate the magic that was "Chandelier," but Sia, co-director Daniel Askill and choreographer Ryan Heffington aren't looking to remake anything here. Instead, they're taking what might be the most evocative character in modern music video — Maddie Ziegler as the Dancer has more pathos and heft than most screen characters you'll come across — and building a bigger, yet still mysterious backstory with a metaphorical and/or actual cage match dance with a devastating Shia LaBeouf.
About midway through you'll start thinking that this may be the most artful and sexiest swimsuit advertisement ever... and you'd be right. But, that won't prevent this video from getting you in deep with the sounds of Australian band Panama and reminding you that an Endless Summer may have its upsides.
Sometimes a simple video is all you need, especially if it perfectly captures the emotion of the song. That said, "Chandelier" is not as simple as it looks, with a carefully choreographed routine where the young Maddie Ziegler of Lifetime TV show Dance Moms dons a Sia wig and a unitard as she proceeds to deliver the best video dance sequence since Christopher Walken took "Weapon Of Choice" to preposterous heights.
It's not quite correct to call this gorgous b/w video a tracking shot through heaven, but I'm not sure if there's a simpler way to describle it. Director Daniel Eskill takes us through various terrains — some not so heavenly — as These New Puritans perform in the foreground.