FKA Twigs is a true force of nature. This time last year, the British musician revealed that she underwent a laparoscopic surgery to have six fibroid tumors removed from her uterus at the end of 2017. And 18 months after the harrowing experience, Twigs has unveiled the slow-burning ballad "Cellophane," her first new song in three years, along with a powerful music video directed by Bj?rk collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang.
"When I wrote 'Cellophane' over a year ago, a visual narrative came to me immediately," she explained on Instagram. "I knew I had to learn how to pole-dance to bring it to life, and so that’s what I did." The latter may be an understatement, considering the level at which the 31-year-old multidisciplinary performer has mastered the genre.
The video begins with Twigs wearing an intricate, leafy lace bikini and eight-inch metallic platform heels, stepping out on a stage before launching into a frenetic pole-dancing routine. Defying every last semblance of gravity, Twigs demonstrates poise and strength as she winds, spins, and locks against the silver pillar. Her high-flying acrobatic skills are not only hard-earned, but a reminder of the sheer athleticism it takes to be a pole dancer.
“Throughout my life I've practiced my way to being the best I could be—it didn’t work this time," she wrote alongside a teaser of the video. "I had to tear down every process I'd ever relied on. Go deeper. Rebuild. Start again.” Pushing herself to conquer a new expressive medium while subverting stereotypes about the performance sport, Twigs, who is kicking off a new tour in May with a second album on the way, is just getting started on her bold new chapter.