July 18, 2017 (Los Angeles, CA) — The video for Charlotte OC’s “Medicine Man,” produced by philanthropist Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions, premiered July 13 on Vevo and can be viewed HERE. The video for the song, from the U.K. artist’s debut album Careless People out now on Harvest Records, features a powerful performance by Tiler Peck, the prima ballerina and principal at New York City Ballet (NYCB). The soul-baring performance was shot in a single take by cinematographer Mark Wolf, who followed Peck around the dance floor with a handheld camera. The video was exclusively debuted just last week (July 11) by Interview magazine (check it out HERE).
The moving confluence of pop music and classical ballet in the new video marks the genesis of a partnership between Allen’s Vulcan Productions and Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Steven Cantor that features classically trained ballet dancers performing to pop music. Cantor’s credits include Dancer, Devil's Playground, What Remains and ESPN 30 – for 30 Chasing Tyson. The video is intended to help make the art of ballet more accessible to new audiences. Allen, a long-standing supporter of the arts, has a special interest in making the classical arts, including ballet, meaningful and relevant to younger audiences.
Peck, who is also a producer on the video, is known for taking extraordinary risks as a dancer and for her otherworldly athleticism. Born in Bakersfield, California, Peck was two years old when she began her dance training and joined NYCB as an Apprentice at age 15. She was promoted to soloist the following year and a principal by 20, making Peck one of the youngest dancers at that time to achieve this exalted position. Working with acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, Peck uses her body as an extension of Charlotte OC's vocals, showcasing her musicality and theatrical sensibilities as a ballerina.
Written by Charlotte OC, the stripped-back “Medicine Man” captures the dizzy thrill of falling head over heels in love. Charlotte recorded Careless People – which takes its title from a passage in The Great Gatsby – at Hollywood’s legendary Sunset Sound with producer/former Ima Robot member Tim Anderson (Solange, Youngblood Hawke, Halsey). The album’s eleven original songs include the singles "Darkest Hour" and “Shell.” NYLON predicted, "It's only a matter of time before you get hooked on this U.K. singer and songwriter's gorgeous sound" and SPIN said she “channels the bewitching allure of Stevie Nicks and the big-throated finesse of Alicia Keys." "What sets (Charlotte OC) apart is that she hybrids her goth metaphysics with deep soul," observed Interview, while Elle declares, “Careless People combines the emotion of Joni Mitchell with the languorous magic of Lana Del Rey….(OC’s) is the kind of vocal that soars--not in the way birds do, but rather that of jet engines….a star in the making." Charlotte, who recently made her U.S. television debut on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers, has also developed a reputation as a formidable live performer, delivering highly praised performances on tour throughout the UK and Australia and in the US at SXSW and Governors Ball. Upcoming U.S. tour dates will be announced soon.
“It was a dream to bring together these renowned talents and unite the power of their art forms,” said Vulcan Productions General Manager and Creative Director Carole Tomko. “Combining Christopher’s amazing choreography, Tiler’s stunning performance, and Steven’s masterful directing elevated the power of the song to a whole new level. It also showed the range and beauty of classical ballet in our changing cultural landscape. With this ‘Pointe to Pop’ video, we hope to showcase the enduring relevance of classical ballet – and transform how audiences experience it.”
"The song and video are about that feeling of powerlessness you sometimes feel when you fall completely in love with someone, says Charlotte OC. “The idea that you are almost surrendering yourself to a feeling, or a power that is greater than you and how that kind of love (although terrifying at times), can make you a better person and want to achieve great things. Tiler captures this perfectly through her performance which is a true extension of the song and it was a fantastic experience collaborating with her.”
Said Peck, “The stars aligned when Charlotte and I were introduced; this was a dream collaboration for me. Charlotte's soul is evident in her songs and that is exactly what I hope people see when I dance; my soul, uninhibited.”
About Vulcan Productions: Vulcan Productions is dedicated to the power of storytelling. We produce content and large-scale campaigns that entertain, inspire and change the way people understand the world’s toughest challenges. Our films, television series and digital content spark ideas and turn action into measurable impact. Founded by Paul G. Allen and Jody Allen, Vulcan Productions creates content across all platforms, and spotlights Mr. Allen's work in wildlife, science, climate, oceans, education, technology, current social issues, history and the arts. Our award-winning projects include The Ivory Game, Unseen Enemy, Racing Extinction, Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale, Academy Award®-nominated Body Team 12, Mind of a Giant, We the Economy, We the Voters, Ocean Warriors, #ISurvivedEbola, Girl Rising and The Blues. Upcoming releases include STEP. For information on Vulcan Productions and our leadership in generating change through impact storytelling, visit vulcanproductions.com.
About Stick Figure Productions: Since its formation in 1999, Stick Figure Productions has developed and produced films and series for over 40 studios, television networks and digital platforms. Founded by Oscar nominated filmmaker, Steven Cantor, Stick Figure specializes in character driven stories that take viewers on emotional journeys with their central characters. Whether profiling Amish teenagers or boxers or bail bondsmen, journalists or rock bands, Stick Figure brings its unique ability to build characters and artfully reveal tension to every project they undertake.