This week Sia surprised us, with the release of new track The Greatest, featuring Kendrick Lamar her favourite dancing muse Maddie Ziegler – though this time, she’s not alone.
The video, which opens to a black screen with the hashtag #WeAreYourChildren typed in white font, sees Ziegler accompanied by a large sum of dancers (49 in total), which is said to represent the 49 lives lost in the shooting at Orlando nightclub Pulse.
The video’s setting – a nightclub with bullet holes in the wall – along with Ziegler’s rainbow face paint, is also thought to in memory of those lost their lives in the horrific act.
Following its release, one of the video’s dancers, Matt Moseley, posted a screen grab to Instagram with the caption “49 beautiful lives lost. This is for you. #WeAreYourChildren.”
Others have since taken to Twitter, using the hashtag to aggregate thoughts on the video and its emotional context.
The video concludes with the young dancers moving and shaking in what vaguely represents a nightclub setting, before all falling to the ground, which in turn exposes the bullet-pierced wall behind them. No one from Sia’s team has yet confirmed or revealed the meaning behind the video.
Sia’s latest video once again features dancer Maddie Ziegler, and is said to complete the trilogy.
The video for Big Girls Cry is more static than Sia’s previous videos, featuring the young dancer pictured from the waist up performing to the camera against a black background.
In this behind-the-scenes video, the elusive star discusses the film with the child star, the director and the choreographer
Sia’s recent videos have attracted nearly 900m views in total, controversy, and catapulted 12-year-old dance prodigy Maddie Ziegler into the spotlight.
Stripped of the elaborate routines in the previous two, the third and final instalment relies on just Ziegler’s hands and facial expressions to convey its message. The young dancer, who appears as an on-screen substitute for the camera shy artist.
Cage fighting interpretive dancing between Shia LaBeouf and Maddie Ziegler – need we say more. Well, apart from the fact the lyrics and vocals are amazing as always from camera-shy singer Sia.
In her latest video, Sia enlisted Shia LaBeouf and ‘Dance Moms’ star Maddie Ziegler to perform in ‘Elastic Heart’. The singer directed this five-minute film with Daniel Askill, who also helmed her ‘Chandelier’ and ‘Breathe Me’ videos.
In the video, Shia is smeared with dirt and wears nude-coloured boxers, while standing opposite the 12-year-old reality star Maddie Ziegler in what would seem to be a giant birdcage. The duo then working through some interpretive dance routines until Maddie breaks free.
Maddie also starred in Sia’s clip for ‘Chandelier’, so ‘Elastic Heart’ is a sequel, of sorts.
Watch it below.
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