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Behind the Scenes with Buglisi Dance: Table of Silence | Promo Video

by | Dec 22, 2016 | Performance Video, Promotional Video | 0 comments

Every year in September we film and livestream The Table of Silence Project 9/11 by Buglisi Dance Theatre.

Last fall, we also captured some behind-the-scenes footage, and created a mini-documentary for the company to share its inspirational message and thoughts about this annual project.


It’s a constant reminder of the power of the human spirit in dark times.

Artist, Table of Silence 9/11

Nel Shelby Productions Behind the Scenes with Buglisi Dance Table of Silence

Artistic Director Jacqulyn Buglisi helped us envision this film from start to finish. When Ben Richards and Brittany Pace on my team went to film the artists in rehearsal, they asked them a variety of questions that Jacqulyn herself suggested:

  1. How has Table of Silence transformed you as a dancer?
  2. What do the specific gestures mean?
  3. What does Jacqulyn Buglisi talk about as she teaches you the movement?
  4. Have you done Table of Silence before? What does it mean to you?
  5. How do you feel this performance helps our country and the world?

We are creating more and more films like this for our clients – films that focus on storytelling and are not a clear call to action to donate or see an event. Something like this mini-doc can be shown again and again to help introduce Table of Silence to new dancers and viewers and artists. It can be used to build an audience in an off-season and give a feel for a company. I hope that in 2017 we will help even more companies share their artistic vision and their journey in creating work in addition to documenting performance.

Interested in building your own behind-the-scenes video?

We can’t wait to hear all about your project & process!

Nel Shelby is 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 Video Producer at Jacob’s Pillow and Vail Dance Festival and is also the proud Director and Producer of PS DANCE! — a New York Emmy-nominated documentary about dance education in NYC’s public schools.