Wow, artistic double whammy here this morning. Howard Stern had a singer, Sia, on his show who performed an acoustic rendition of her new hit song, Chandelier. I loved the song, I loved her voice and I wanted to know more. So I went to YouTube to see the inevitable video — and was doubly blown away. The video features a young eleven year-old dancer, Maddie Ziegler, who plays a childhood version of Sia dancing alone to the song in a nondescript living space. I have never seen dancing like this: wild, fresh, kooky, childish, intelligent, introspective, and technically breathtaking. This 11 year old expresses more of the human condition in four minutes than many novels I’ve read and movies I’ve seen.
I’m not the only one to notice — as of this morning the video has 32 million hits.