Nao - And Then Life Was Beautiful

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A soothing harmony of vocals and choreography.

Accompanying the release of her third studio album, Nao presents us with a live performance of ‘And Then Life Was Beautiful’, the title track of the upcoming LP. Directed and choreographed by London based Alexandra Green, the visual is a continuous one shot that captures Nao and her chorus of singers in an emotive performance, and seemingly as one being.

Alexandra Green ‘I felt immediately connected to the track and equally now the visual. It feels like a full representation of my core values, as well as a lot of those who were involved. The moment I heard the track I knew that it was special and wanted to make something that felt commanding, sensual and empowering. I wanted to create a moment that focused on the raw, visceral beauty of the singers to create something that felt equally emotional and engaging. Nao and the singers were mesmerising —  both on and off the camera —  and I really wanted to give their performance space to breathe. I believe there is a beauty in simplicity, and the women held the space so intensely and with so much strength; it was inspiring to watch it unfold.

During the rehearsal process there was this incredible moment with Nao and the singers where they were sitting in a circle working through the track. It felt like a really intimate moment that I was allowed to witness, similar to what I have with the dancers I work with in the studio. There was a palpable sense of love and joy that I feel really translates in the visual.

I had a very clear idea of how I wanted to develop the movement alongside the vocals. I knew that I didn’t want anything too complicated, and that in a space like St John at Hackney, it was important to think about how the architecture fed into and related to the visual - how the 7 women were placed in space and time as the scene unfolds to create striking imagery.

After over a year of not experiencing live music, it felt very emotional hearing the voices of Nao and her singers. I don’t think I truly realised how much I had missed it until that point, and I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to develop a visual that matched the stunning vocals. There is something I really love about a one shot - potentially as it plays into my background in choreography, developing and rehearsing something over and over again, and then getting it right a handful of times. Not only is it a testament to the talent of the people involved but it’s a real moment when you get the take you love.

The energy on set felt intensely powerful and beautiful but simultaneously calm and gentle - a combination of a female driven crew and a supportive space where I felt so in awe of everyone. The whole process was a dream. So many exceptionally talented people had an invaluable input to create something that I hope inspires people in the way that the song and experience has inspired me, providing a feeling of togetherness after a period of collective separation.’


Artist @this_nao

Backing Singers - @fridatouray , Kate Brown, @shanicesteele , @sipprellmusic , Yvette Riby-Williams, @nandichantelle

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Commissioner @lea.ogunlami          

Senior Commissioner - Kat Cattaneo

Marketing Manager - Renata Chagrin

Management @nativemgmt

Manager @samstubbings

Director @allygreendance

Directors Agent - Sam Davey

Directors Agency @obmanagement

Production Company @bullionproductions

Executive Producer @jackbullion

Head of Production - @guyfuhrer

Producer @becsrai

Production Assistant @sossyfez

1st AD - Steven Olubenga Eniraiyetan

AD Runner @angelandresmartinez_

Director of Photography @nanusegal

Steadicam Operator @charliecowper

Focus Puller @petebateson

Clapper Loader @leowinslow

DIT – Chris Nunn

Gaffer @prolight_davis

Desk Op @johnny_gaskell

Spark - Kristof Schenz

Spark - Justin Denchfield

Grip Trainee - Teoman Han

Sound Tech - Luigi Buccarello

Sound Tech - Tim Miller

Production Designer @ranafadavi

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