What happens when you combine the melancholy vocals of Hozier, the brilliant art direction of David LaChapelle, and the choreography of an insanely talented Ukrainian ballet dancer?
The best interpretive dance set to a popular song since Sia's Chandelier.
Sergei Polunin, the dancer featured in the video, is known as one of the "bad boys" of Ukrainian ballet, with many choreographers claiming that he is "difficult to work with" Something about his alleged attitude, combined with his tattoos and lean, muscled physique definitely add to his raw performance of "Take Me to Church," Hozier's tortured gospel-rock ballad that is currently tearing up the charts. The mood of the performance is edgy, and the space is ethereal and sad (which is a perfect reflection of the tone set by Hozier's vocals).
Prepare yourself to be moved by this amazing four-minute sequence. The chorus is especially powerful.