Sia’s ‘Alive’ Video Stars a Pint-Sized Martial Artist
When Sia dropped her music video for her Grammy-nominated 1000 Forms of Fear hit, “Chandelier,” it quickly racked up views as fans became enamored with the pint-sized dancer chaotically flipping and twirling across the screen. The Australian singer-songwriter has now issued a video for her latest single, “Alive,” and it explores a similar concept.
The video, directed by Sia and Daniel Askill, stars another little girl in a Sia-esque, black-and-white wig, but this time, she’s equipped with intense martial arts skills. Sia’s latest muse is Mahiro Takano, who impressively punches and kicks her way through an abandoned warehouse. Check it out at the top.
“Alive,” which was co-written by Sia, Adele and Tobias Jesso Jr., was originally intended for Adele’s upcoming album, 25. Instead, it will appear on Sia’s latest full-length, This Is Acting. That’s due out Jan. 29 via RCA; take a look at the cover art below. She's also shared the single, “Bird Set Free.”
This Is Acting is comprised of songs Sia wrote for other artists, including Beyonce and Rihanna, but ultimately went unused. “I’m calling it This Is Acting, because they are songs I was writing for other people, so I didn’t go in thinking, ‘This is something I would say,'” she told NME. “It’s more like play-acting. It’s fun.”