Behind-The-Scenes Dance Films | Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

by Sep 9, 2017Performance Video0 comments

And just like that, Jacob’s Pillow’s 85th Anniversary Season has wrapped.

I love being a part of Jacob’s Pillow. I continue to come back year after year (just wrapped summer #16!!!) because the Pillow is where creativity lives. The history, the passion, the artistry, the team work… collaboration is so poignant here.

What excites me most about my work is the ability to tell its story, to tell it from many different angles. Of course it helps to sell tickets, but it also allows you to see a side of Jacob’s Pillow that you wouldn’t normally see if you were visiting.

The behind-the-scenes dance films my team and I create tell a story from different angles that many audience members aren’t able to experience, and to me that is so much fun.

Pilobolus was a company I have always wanted to work with, and I finally had a chance to this summer! The minute I began filming I was hooked. Not just because they are amazing movers, but because they thrive in creating community.

These artists truly love what they do, and those are people I want to be around. Pilobolus creates a world and I wanted people to feel that world through the short film I made.

Until next summer, Jacob’s Pillow. ❤️

See more behind-the-scenes dance films from this summer!


Nel Shelby is Video Producer at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Owner & Filmmaker for Nel Shelby Productions, her New York City-based company dedicated to dance videography and editing. Nel shares her mission to preserve and promote the art of dance with her husband, Christopher Duggan, a dance and wedding photographer. They collaborate on projects with dance companies of worldwide renown, up-and-coming choreographers, dance educators, dance schools and more. Nel is also the proud Director and Producer of PS DANCE! — a New York Emmy-nominated documentary about dance education in NYC’s public schools.

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