There’s something infectiously joyous about watching people from every corner of the world unite to dance their hearts out, which is probably why it’s so easy to fall in love with Perfume Genius’s latest video, “Wreath.” Earlier this summer, when Mike Hadreas shared Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s remix of the No Shape track, he also announced a worldwide dance contest for the song. Now, a few months and hundreds of videos later, a supercut of all his favorite dancers is out.
As the familiar track plays, people of all ages dance through apartments, showers, streets, and crowds with an uncontainable thrill. It’s a perfect companion to the song and, in a world that seems to be burning up around us, offers a happy antidote to the existential crisis we’re all feeling. When Hadreas has said that the song is partly about feeling betrayed by his physical body and wanting to free himself from it, which makes an international dance-off the perfect way to celebrate the song.
Alongside the video, Hadreas also released the full video of the contest winner and it’s on a whole other level. In this version, Esperanza Kroger—a woman who might be Alia Shawkat’s long lost sister—dances her way through the rain and crowds in the Mexican town of Cholula. Watch her dazzle and confuse crowds and, for four minutes, know what pure joy looks like.