I’ve watched the video for Sia’s new song Chandelier several times since I first saw it. Is that kid crazy talented or what?
She’s 11 year old (!) Maddie Ziegler from the reality TV show Dance Moms (I’ve actually never seen it). Reading through this interview, she seems like a pretty normal kid (albeit with not much spare time for TV).
The Chandelier music video got me thinking about talent, and creativity, which inevitably made me return to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Ted Talk Your Elusive Creative Genius. Towards the end of the video, Gilbert tells the story of the deserts of North Africa, centuries ago, when people would gather for moonlight dances.
Every once in a while, something would happen, and one of the moonlight dancers would become transcendent. All of a sudden he would no longer appear to be human. He would be lit from within. People then recognized it for what it was. “There it is,” they would say, “a glimpse of god.”
I don’t know about you, but I think we see a glimpse of god in Maddie’s dancing. Given that the Chandelier video has received almost 20 million views on YouTube, I might not be the only one.
Sia’s new album 1000 Forms of Fear is out on July 8. Come to think of it, she’s rather crazy talented herself.