when you move, I'm moved
November 14, 2018 9:43 PM   Subscribe

After performing a breathtaking solo dance to Hozier's hit Take Me to Church in a video directed by David LaChapelle, ballet dancer Sergei Polunin stars in the official music video to Hozier's newest single Movement (dir. Chris Barrett and Luke Taylor), only this time, he's not quite dancing by himself.

Singer Andrew Hozier-Byrne says Polunin's performance in the Take Me to Church solo helped inspire the song Movement. Polunin was also the subject of Steven Cantor's 2016 documentary Dancer.
posted by yasaman (13 comments total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
Dance has always been the performing art that had the least emotional resonance for me, but seeing Sergei's dancing, you'd have to be made of brick not to be in awe of the talent, the control, the expressiveness of it. Thank you for that.
posted by drewbage1847 at 11:08 PM on November 14, 2018 [3 favorites]

he bounce

the bit where he leaps but keeps his back foot on the ground was particularly stunning
posted by vibratory manner of working at 11:34 PM on November 14, 2018 [2 favorites]

Dancing in street clothes, he almost looks mortal. Almost.
posted by tula at 11:58 PM on November 14, 2018 [5 favorites]

posted by darkstar at 12:01 AM on November 15, 2018

wow, this is great. It was really raw and thrashy, while being delicate and beautiful and controlled, all at the same time.
posted by Fig at 3:20 AM on November 15, 2018 [3 favorites]

I hope he is doing better.
posted by ChuraChura at 3:33 AM on November 15, 2018

The way it was shot was pretty intense. It definitely gave me the feeling of the physical presence of all the dancers in the same space.
posted by Samizdata at 3:47 AM on November 15, 2018

Oh, this was so perfect for the song. Beautiful dancing.
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit at 4:07 AM on November 15, 2018 [1 favorite]

dancing vincent gallo tries to escape himself
posted by fungible at 5:18 AM on November 15, 2018 [2 favorites]

Phenomenal - thank you.
I love the way the camera almost licks him at times...

(The documentary about Sergei, Dancer, linked in the OP is terrific too.)
posted by Jody Tresidder at 6:34 AM on November 15, 2018 [2 favorites]

I hadn't seen either of those before. Thank you!

In Take Me To Church it was like he was figure skating. His movements were so smooth and liquidy. Beautiful.
posted by twilightlost at 10:13 AM on November 15, 2018 [1 favorite]

Watching him move is both inspiring and crushing. A coach once told me "the heaviest thing you have to carry, as a dancer, is the lightness."
posted by Nothing at 1:29 PM on November 15, 2018 [2 favorites]

I want the space in the first video. I NEED that space.
posted by Goofyy at 5:29 AM on November 16, 2018

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