Lindsay Nelko’s “Awakening” at Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater

We were excited when Lindsay Nelko approached us for a promotional video showcasing her New York City production of “Awakening” at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater! Lindsay is a young Canadian choreographer whose career is really starting to take off; you may have seen her on TV as a choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance. It’s always been a dream of hers to make a full length work and show it in NYC, and now that dream has come true!

Because Lindsay was only in New York City for a limited time, she was able to work with her dancers for just a few short weeks before the performance. We filmed some of those precious hours in the studio, and a few interviews with the dancers, to create something that would promote her upcoming show. Our team had only a few days to create and edit this promotional video so Lindsay could get it out into the world before the show and boost ticket sales.

It was a really fun project and her dancers looked incredible! Jessica Ray did a great job editing!


Buglisi Dance Theatre | Tune into the Live-Stream on 9/11

#5. Table of Silence Arms Raised on Revson Fountain live stream Photo by Terri Gold

Table of Silence; Photo by Terri Gold

Every year, on September 11, Buglisi Dance Theatre offers audiences a chance to reflect and remember 9/11 with a special outdoor performance at Lincoln Center in New York City.

It has been a privilege to work with choreographer Jacque Buglisi for the past four years, to capture this beautiful tribute on film, and to also live-stream its performance for viewers all over the world.

The Table of Silence Project 9/11 is a free, public tribute and ritual for peace featuring 100+ dancers on September 11, 8:15-8:46 am EDT. A moving meditation, this dance offers peace in wake of tragedy. It is moving and beautiful and important.

This year, if you are unable to join us in person at Lincoln Center, I hope you’ll join us from work or from home. You can come back here and tune in below or visit the YouTube link directly. The live-stream is sponsored by TenduTV.



Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2014 | Aspen Santa Fe Ballet & LeeSaar The Company Dance Post-Show Talks

I can’t believe Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2014 has come to an end!! It was such a fun and full season, and our last two dance companies performed with such technical precision and power.

Enjoy these Post-Show Talks from LeeSaar The Company & Aspen Santa Fe Ballet to round out our wonderful summer!!

LeeSaar The Company Post-Show Talk & Dance Performance Video

Lee Sher and Saar Harari of LeeSaar The Company discuss Grass and Jackals with Jacob’s Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Philip Szporer

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Post-Show Talk & Dance Performance Video

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet artistic director Tom Mossbrucker discusses the fully commissioned program with Jacob’s Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Maura Keefe


Be sure to look at gorgeous photos of LeeSaar The Company & Aspen Santa Fe Ballet on my husband Christopher Duggan’s blog! And stay tuned as he continues to share dance portraits he made all summer long. (Are you on his email list??)


Nel Shelby and Christopher Duggan are a Manhattan-based husband and wife team, making photos & video with dance artists every summer at Jacob’s Pillow. Subscribe to Nel’s email for new dance videos and video tips every other week.

Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway: Breaking Down Walls

When Dance New Amsterdam announced they were closing their doors, the dance community lost an important place to learn and make movement. So when Christopher and I heard that Gina Gibney had been asked to take over the space, we were elated. We had worked with Gina before photographing her dance company and filming events and showings at Gibney’s 890 Broadway space. We knew that if anyone could make this space work for dancers, Gina could do it.

So we were really excited when Gina called us to film her official announcement, and we’re thrilled to share this video series we are creating with Gibney Dance about their plans for their expansion to 280 Broadway. We’ve been on site filming everything from construction workers knocking down walls to interviews with Gibney staff about new programs and performance opportunities.

This project is special to us, because we’re filming, editing AND helping shape the storylines and content to align with Gibney’s marketing and fundraising goals. Each interview has a larger purpose, and each video is going to help show Gibney’s progress and their great ideas for the new space. This is the kind of bigger picture thinking we love to do with all our dance video clients!!

Stay tuned for updates on Gibney education, performances, the new Varis Performance Lab and more!!

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2014 | Doug Elkins Choreography Etc. & Companhia Urbana de Danca Post-Show Talks

What a joy to film such excellent dancing each week at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and hearing the inside scoop from the choreographers is just the icing on the Pillow cake! My incredible video team at the Pillow works very hard to get these Post-Show Talks ready for you each week so we can share what we’ve been hearing, learning and watching with all of you who can’t be here in person.

These videos are part of Seeing Dance, Talking Dance, a project of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, encouraging different ways of seeing, discussing, and appreciating dance. Everyone who bought a ticket for these shows receives an email with the videos, so they can watch the Post-Show Talks if they went to another performance or had to leave before the talks.

Last week, Doug Elkins told us that his first full-time contemporary dance experience was as a scholarship student at The School of Jacob’s Pillow (class of ’82!!), and let us into the thought process behind his choreography for his Mo(or)town/Redux. 

“I came from a background of b-boy, house dancing, martial arts…” – Doug Elkins

Companhia Urbana de Danca was also at the Pillow this week, sharing two very different dance works. Artistic Director Sonia Destri Lie talks about how she developed their world premiere and how her choreographic process is very emotional.

See photos of Companhia Urbana de Danca & doug elkins choreography, etc. on Christopher Duggan’s blog!


Nel Shelby and Christopher Duggan are a Manhattan-based husband and wife team, making photos & video with dance artists every summer at Jacob’s Pillow. Subscribe to Nel’s email for new dance videos and video tips every other week.

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