David LaChapelle has captured the stunning visual interpretation, by Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin, of Hozier's hit Take Me To Church. The American photographer, whose style has been described as "hyper-real and slyly subversive" was the perfect fit to direct the raw, stripped down performance. 

Polunin's masterful choreography and powerful performance, is staged in a bare studio space, surrounded by forestry. The four minute film sees Polunin oscillate between tortured writhing on the studio floor, and wild sequences of airborne jetés. The combination of the music, dance and LaChapelle's brilliant work with light, has to be seen to be believed. Take a look at the video above. 

Polunin has earned himself the reputation as 'The Bad Boy of Ballet' but is nonetheless prolifically successful, serving as the former principal at the British Royal Ballet and currently principal dancer with Moscow's Stanislavsky Music Theatre and Russia's Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Proving that he is much more than a pointed-toe-for-hire, Polinin's ability to convey deep emotion through movement is outstanding. He has also starred in Marc Jacobs modelling campaigns and been photographed by Gus Van Sant, as well as featuring in numerous music videos. But this is surely, a crowning achievement even for such an accomplished dancer.