ryan heffington choreographs olly alexander in new years & years video

Directed by Matt Lambert and choreographed by serial Sia collaborator Ryan Heffington, Olly Alexander is super-charged with magical queer energy in the just released music video for 'Worship.'

by Francesca Dunn
30 June 2016, 1:52pm

Still from Worship

Following a huge weekend of Pride and Glastonbury — during which the Years & Years frontman made an inspiring LBGT speech and encouraged fans, in the wake of the Orlando shootings, to "shove a rainbow in fear's face" — the band has released the visuals for its next single, "Worship." Set in an underground parking lot, Olly is illuminated in the darkness by car headlights as he dances a powerful dance created and captured by two of his favorite artists: choreographer Ryan Heffington and director Matt Lambert.

Following the video's release, Olly made the accompanying statement:

"When we get the chance to make a video I start by asking myself a bunch of questions — what should it look like? How can we portray the songs meaning in the video? Is there a 'statement' I want to express? What am I trying to say and what if it's misconstrued? I go round and round like this and recently I've been questioning nearly everything, asking myself if I'm doing enough, if I'm helping at all and what use, if any, do I have as a singer in a band? Honestly, I don't know the answers to these questions. I can't pretend I haven't felt, at times, profoundly discouraged and disheartened. I feel like I won't ever be able to do enough. So, reality check, I make pop music. This is a video for a pop song. However, the visibility of queer people feels more important to me now than ever.

I couldn't have been more excited and grateful to work with two artists I massively respect, Matt Lambert and Ryan Heffington. Their super charged magical queer creative energy was a real privilege to be a part of. This video is a collaboration between us and I am very proud of it.

I want to stare down fear and intolerance with the queer eyes in my queer face. I want to try to not be afraid. I know I'll make mistakes, but I want to keep going. I've seen the incredible amount of support and love from our fans and I've learnt a lot from them. I can only hope that the dialogue continues and we trust each other enough to carry on. To keep making people sit up and think, to start the conversations that tackle identity, gender, gayness, queerness and the inter-sections between them all. I know that I'm not going to be quiet about it."


Text Francesca Dunn

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