Last week of Jacob’s Pillow 2016

by | Sep 9, 2016 | Performance Video, Promotional Video

I’m so grateful for my summers at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. I love what I do and feel so grateful to have been nurtured at Jacob’s Pillow these past 15 years. I have become an artist because of this place and created a life in the dance world – and so has my husband Christopher. My children, Gracie and Jack, are very fortunate to have Jacob’s Pillow in their backyard and to grow up around all of these artists who are so kind and generous to them – including the Pillow staff that takes them under their wing.

This behind-the scenes video sums up so much: Christopher at work making gorgeous dance photos, behind-the-scenes gorgeous video by Ben Rich who interned with me years ago at the Pillow and who works with me both here and in New York, my friend and co-director Margaret Mullin of my next documentary film No Dominion (in the video with Madison Taylor)… I am so grateful!

I hope Nel Shelby Productions can make more and more of these special peeks into what happens in an artists’ process. Behind-the-scenes, backstage passes into the lives of dancers and companies we love and admire. Christopher and Ben and I know the hard work and creativity and love that pours into your projects – let’s show that heart and soul to more and more people!! Let’s get the whole world excited about dance!

Final Post-Show Talks of the 2016 Festival

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Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal and Principal Dancer Elizabeth Murphy in conversation with Jacob’s Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Maura Keefe.

One of my favorite moments though – all of those patterns you were mentioning – we learn it all separately, and then all of a sudden there’s this tornado happening around you when you put it all together for the first time.

Elizabeth Murphy

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Choreographer/performer Souleymane Badolo in conversation with Jacob’s Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Brian Schaefer.

Being African and coming from my background of traditional African dance… I’m trying to create the link between my home town … and the influence we have around the world. Not losing this tradition but keeping it to make it more valuable. 

Jean-Philippe Malaty

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.