The fact that Sia is not starring in her “Chandelier” music video is not a surprise — after all, the notoriously press-shy pop chanteuse declined to appear on Billboard’s cover last fall without a paper bag covering her face. Instead, the “Chandelier” clip, which debuted on Tuesday (May 6), features a dazzling dance performance from Maddie Ziegler, the 11-year-old star of Lifetime’s “Dance Moms.”
Ziegler is initially seen perched in a door frame in an empty room, and over the next three and a half minutes, the pint-sized dancer rocks her blonde Sia wig in many more deserted rooms while spinning, kicking, leaping, crawling, falling, twirling and hiding herself behind window drapes. It’s a departure from the party-hearty, “1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, DRINK!” lyrics of the song, but Ziegler’s routine more than makes up for the disconnect.
Sia, who co-directed the video with Daniel Askill, says in a statement, “Very proud of the gifted Maddie Ziegler, an incredible crew, choreographer Ryan Heffington, cinematographer Sebastian Wintero and my brilliant co-director Daniel Askill. Together we shared a beautiful day, and created something we are all very proud of. Here are the fruits.”
After co-writing songs like Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts” and Katy Perry’s “Double Rainbow,” Sia will release her own album, “1000 Forms of Fear,” this June. Click here to read more about the project, as well as her “meditation workshops” at the home of a famous actress.