Sia is back with a new video that features another pint-sized-but-potent young alter-ego in a set piece about survival titled “Alive,” the precursor to the Australian singer-songwriter-performance artist’s new album, “This is Acting,” due Jan. 29.
The song is a collaboration between Sia, Adele and Tobias Jesso Jr. It was produced by Jesse Shatkin, the producer of her blockbuster hit “Chandelier.”
The video for “Alive,” which can be seen here, features 9-year-old Japanese dancer-actress Mahiro Takano, outfitted with a half-black, half-white Sia wig and is filmed going through a set of martial arts exercises, while Sia sings about facing one’s demons and living to talk — and sing — about it. It was shot in Chiba, Japan, in an cavernous concrete warehouse-like space.
It was directed by Sia and Daniel Askill, her collaborator on the “Chandelier” video that has now posted more than 965 million views.
Sia also has reteamed with songwriter-producer Greg Kurstin on the new album. “Bird Set Free,” another track from “This Is Acting,” is being offered as a free download for anyone who pre-orders the new album.
Sia also will perform that song and “Alive” on “Saturday Night Live” when she appears on the show Saturday, Nov. 7.