After seeing Maddie perform with Allison on Dancing With The Stars, I just have to say how much I love the fact that with each dance performance, the story in the choreography changes and evolves.
For example: In the music video, Maddie performing solo told a story about a girl who just wanted to be herself, but was limited to be a well-mannered little girl, but we don’t know by whom.
The Live performance on Jimmy Kimmel answers that question by introducing the family to the mix. And when you watch the “parents” closely enough, we get more answers. Her parents were a loving couple that struggled to maintain happiness, sanity and good appearance. They were stressed out by these issues to the point where they basically became almost as out-of-control as their daughter.
But the biggest factor to me is when in the middle of the dance, when the couple is holding hands, Maddie rips the two apart and they never hold hands again except for when they hold hands with their “daughter,” implying that the character (not Sia, I might add) feels responsible for breaking them apart. The parents even mock-yell at Sia in this dance, also implying that she (as the older Maddie, in this case) is haunted by the idea, whether it’s true or not.
And then we get to the DWTS performance and another part of the story is added, and probably my personal favorite. Allison plays the older Maddie who not only seems to be reverting back to her child-like ways, but is struggling.to hold herself together. And who is comforting her in her time of need? Her younger self, played by Maddie.
Just something to think about.