Promonews - 5th Aug 2021

Lisette Donkersloot creates a gorgeously graphic combination of artist and dance performance for the triumphant return of Nao.

Inspired by Infrared photography, and working with choreographer Shay Latukolan, the Dutch director builds a radiant spectrum of colour and movement around the East London songstress's compelling performance of Messy Love - an ode to self-love, self-respect and choosing peace over the never-ending struggles of a detrimental relationship.

Donkersloot creates a little bit of magic with the combination of her studio staging - a series of ever-changing backdrops of sunsets in a range of colours - and the astounding dancers in their fantastic 'alien' mode: covered in indigo blue bodypaint and orange-coloured gravity-defying braid hair styles.  

The dancers perform an abstract choreography throughout the video to augment Nao's central position. They start out on the floor, then work their way up, portraying a metaphor of plants growing as they receive sunlight and water. In the end, they return to their original horizontal positions, holding on to their goddess NAO who is ready for a new circle of life.

Ultimately the video reflects the theme of the song and Nao's empowering lyrics in Messy Love, about a relationship that’s on the rocks: "I won’t break, said I won’t change my ways not even this time”. This is just as graceful, uplifting and beautiful as those words.


The dancers' magical energy and professionalism was beyond phenomenal.

"Creating this video for NAO, an artist I’ve admired for so long is really one of the best things for a director.

"I was so happy Shay [Latukolan, movement director], who I’ve known for quite some time now, was happy to jump on board. Apart from being the best in the industry, he also really got what I envisioned for this promo and outstandingly translated that to the choreography.

"He ensembled a stellar formation of female dancers. Their magical energy and professionalism was beyond phenomenal."

PRO Credits


DirectorLisette Donkersloot
ProducerLauren Mills
Production CompanyCaviar
Executive ProducerDaniella Manca
Executive ProducerSorcha Shepherd
1st ADMark Gillespie
Director of PhotographyAaron Reid
1st ACMurat Akyildiz
2nd ACJack Lightfoot (camera dept)
SteadicamGrant Sandy Phillips
Production designerAsh Halliburton
HairEdmund Bossman
Make-up (Artist)Mata Marielle
Stylist (Artist)Ramario Chevoy
Costume designerMaya Scarlette
Movement DirectorShay Latukolan
EditorLaura Cairney-keize
Editing companyTrim Editing
VFXButterscotch Post
ColouristAlex Gregory
Grading companyThe Mill
Other creditsNails: Jade Ford Choreography Assistant: Shannelle 'Tali' Fergus Dancers: Shannelle 'Tali' Fergus, Nicey Belgrave, Belen Leroux, Dja Sinada, Kitz Katika, Melody Sinclair, Nicole Hastings, Robia Milliner

Promonews - 5th Aug 2021

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