Sometimes your mind starts to wander when you're stuck in traffic, but so does Travie McCoy who finds himself in a circular and increasingly bizarre and bombastic journey to see what's further on up the road.
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.
Don't call it a comeback? Or don't fix what's not broken? Here's a teaser for the follow-up to Sia's breakthrough "Chandelier" with that video's star Maddie Ziegler, a giant birdcage and Mr. Shia Labeouf.
Do you have room for one more Sia "Chandelier" parody? Hopefully yes, since this weekend's Saturday Night Live had host Jim Carrey and castmember Kate McKinnon absolutely crushing it with help from musical guest Iggy Azalea. Just don't try this at your own Halloween party...
Can a group of cheery kids gets jaded New Yorkers break a smile on a crappy day? Can Sia update this track from Annie for something that can resonae with kids tuning into the 2014 movie remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis as the traditionally red-headed orphan?
The great Maddie Ziegler reprises her "Chandelier" dance routine — previously seen on Ellen — on Dancing With The Stars with castmember Allison Holker, and Sia herself in the background. The staging and camerawork are a step above what we saw on Ellen — don't get me started on the Lena Dunham version — and definitely strengthens the case for "Chandelier" as the most impactful video of the year and maybe the most notable video dance since "Thriller" (sorry, Shmurda).
Great plays don't always translate into great movies — and I say that with peace and love for Glengarry Glen Ross — and music videos also seem to lose something when you strip it down to a stage performance. That's not to say young Maddie Ziegler isn't impressive dancing her way through the "Chandelier" routine on a lookalike set for Ellen — she is — and that this isn't way more memorable and creative than most TV show performances — it is, especially for a camera-shy singer — but it's not just the dance that makes the "Chandelier" video great. It's everything all together, from the grade to the blocking to the edit and on and on. And stripping all those elements down for a recreation is like substituting a hologram for the real thing. It's cool and it's close, but it's not the same.
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.