Hozier’s Music Moves

He Teams Up With Dancer Sergei Polunin In Movement

BY: Georgia Davis

It has been five years since Hozier took everybody to church with his only top-10 hit. With his new song “Movement,” the musician could have another charted song on his hands. The video starring ballet dancer Sergei Polunin has garnered more than 1.5 million views on YouTube since its release Wednesday.

The video starts with Polunin pulling up in a car to an abandoned warehouse. He walks up to the building, and a couple seconds later, a reflection of himself follows. When he comes face-to-face with the reflection, they start dancing, hitting with the down beat of the chorus. As the video progresses, Polunin’s reflection goes through changes. By the end, it seems as if he knows himself. Until the last movement causes him to run to the roof. His reflections follow him, but his fate is left to the interpretation of the viewers.

There is a stark contrast between the classic ballet movements and the industrial background of the warehouse. Polunin uses the space to his advantage, executing beautiful moves to Hozier’s sultry lyrics and full rock voice. The Irish singer-songwriter even mentions Polunin in the lyrics alongside a popular 1930s dancer: “You’re S. Polunin leapin’ / Or Fred Astaire in sequins.”

Along with the release of “Movement,” Hozier announced a full album is on the way and slated for 2019. Hozier released an EP titled Nina Cried Power in September. The album cover for the EP shows Hozier underwater screaming, and the cover for “Movement” has the same feel. Perhaps Hozier will build off Nina Cried Power, but fans will have to wait until next year to find out.