“Take Me to Church” David LaChapelle Style
What do you get when you combine David LaChapelle and Sergei Polunin? An astounding, incredibly visceral music video, inspired by a Grammy-nominated song “Take me to Church”.
By now if you have never heard of David LaChapelle, what bridge are you living under? David LaChapelle is an award winning commercial and fine art photographer as well as film and music video director who is often referred as a modern day Fellini. (not sure who that is, Google him)
Who is Sergei Polunin? Sergei is a principal dancer for not one, not two but three ballet companies; The British Royal Ballet, The Stanislavsky Music Theatre, and Novosibirsk State Academic Opera, the latter two are both in Russia.
Polunin takes LaChapelle’s vision and runs with it literally, and is an absolute treat to watch in this raw, no-holds- barred performance. LaChapelle’s genius to strip Polunin to his core revealing several tattoos which only help to accentuate his physique and raw emotion as he traverses through the room bathed in sunlight-his fluid lines and movement highlighting the underpinnings of the Hozier’s song.
Everything happens in 3’s. I’m curious to see who the third will be. Why? Because the first two artists’ music videos to feature visceral, emotive dancers, donning nothing more then nude coloured tights to represent their music, were both very strong and deeply rooted, visually stunning, lyrical masterpieces.
Directed by David LaChapelle