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Global Pillow | A Virtual Gala for Jacob’s Pillow

by | Jun 13, 2021 | Livestream, Promotional Video, Virtual Events

Jacob’s Pillow hosted a Virtual Gala on June 12th!


You can still watch it on demand through June 19th!!

We celebrated Dormeshia, recipient of this year’s Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, and we shared dance from around the globe, with performances by:

✨ Black Grace (New Zealand)
✨ Candoco Dance Company (UK)
✨ Companhia Urbana de Dança (Brazil)⁠
✨ Germaine Acogny (Senegal)
✨ Hong Kong Ballet (Hong Kong)
✨ Nederlands Dans Theater (Netherlands)
✨ Nrityagram Dance Ensemble (India)
✨ Paris Opera Ballet (France)

I had so much fun editing the promo video, too👇

Global Pillow is a true tour around the world, hearing from artistic directors about how they’ve continued to create and keep dancing through the last year in a pandemic. Jacob’s Pillow usually invites multiple international companies to its stages during the Festival, so this was a beautiful way to stay connected with dance outside the U.S. while there are still travel restrictions. 

I’m so proud of and thankful for my talented team for making such a wonderful program possible!! As usual, we ended the evening with a Jacob’s Pillow Dance Party. It’s so much fun to connect with the Pillow Community and dance it out, even on Zoom!!

Hope you’ll tune in while it’s still on demand!


Director: Pamela Tatge, Executive & Artistic Director of Jacob’s Pillow
Film Producer, Director & Editor: Nel Shelby
Co-Producer & Editor: Loren R. Robertson
Videographers: Christopher Duggan & Ashli Bickford
Motion Graphics: Ben Rich
Livestream Producer: Amber Schmiesing
Project Manager: Cherylynn Tsushima
Video Production Support: Mason Chapello, Sonia Bartolomeo, Sydney Samson, Taylor Hutchison & Erica Spizz


Leave a comment if you tune in! I’d love to hear what you enjoyed most about the event.


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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.