The Dance of Mental Instability: Sia's "Chandelier"

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The link below is Sia’s "Chandelier" video, if the embedding code for the Youtube video above doesn’t work.

The above link is a great article on the song, and it talks about the "visual depiction of addiction" and goes into far more detail than I’m about to.

This is a haunting song, and the entire video is this absolutely stunni"ng dance, actually performed by an 11 year old who is known for being on the Dance Moms" show. The choreography is just exceptional.

The part that blows me away is how accurately the dance/video captures the mental health aspect of this song. The jerkiness of the body, the odd facial expressions, the bizarre sequences of movement, the constant and frenzied movement. All of course, interpreted via dance. It’s eerie, it’s absurd, it’s the dance of fraying mental health. Many OTs have worked in mental health arenas, and I feel like this video is almost a portrayal of the soul of some of our clients, those in their deepest agonies. Frighteningly familiar, frighteningly beautiful.

May 11, 2014 | Category: Occupational Therapy | Comments: none