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Sia's Choreographer Helped Create This Live Dance Film On The 'Tonight Show' Set

It was directed by Spike Jonze.

Jimmy Fallon did something a little different but totally cool on The Tonight Show Wednesday night. The host introduced a live dance film, directed by Spike Jonze (Her, Being John Malkovich) and choreographed by Ryan Heffington, who is perhaps best known for his work on Sia's music videos.

The film is adapted from a theatrical performance running through this Friday in New York City called Changers: A Dance Story. According to Fader, the full-length version was created with fashion label Opening Ceremony for New York Fashion Week. Jonze and Heffington previously worked together on a Kenzo World perfume ad last year.


Jonze shot the film entirely during Wednesday's Tonight Show taping, with actors Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre) and Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta, Get Out) as the dancers. The performance features "Nobody Speak" by DJ Shadow and Run the Jewels as the music.

Wasikowska and Stanfield start the film as a couple waking up together — we soon discover they're actually standing against a vertical bed. They then launch into an artfully lit dance routine that will seem familiar to anyone who's watched the videos for "Cheap Thrills," "The Greatest," or a number of other Sia releases. It's definitely not your typical choreography, which is what makes it so interesting to watch.

Check out the full dance in the video below:

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