Nel Shelby Productions: In The News

Nowness, December 2021

“The longest-running international dance festival and year-round center for dance mark the premiere of Body Language, their three-film collaboration with NOWNESS, with a specially curated playlist highlighting all things Jacob’s Pillow. Featured films include virtual commissions, Inside the Pillow Lab docuseries, and more from artists including Chrybaby Cozie, Michelle Dorrance, Eiko Otake, Irene Rodríguez, and others.”


Broadway World, August 2021

“Buglisi Dance Theatre and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Dance/NYC, honor the 20th year since the events of 9/11, and current crises that face humanity today, with a livestreamed performance of the Table of Silence Project 9/11, the annual free public ritual for peace conceived and choreographed in 2011 by Jacqulyn Buglisi, Artistic Director of Buglisi Dance Theatre.”


Dance Magazine, June 2021

“With movement in her bones, she’s developed a unique approach to dance documentation that can capture the moment as well as communicate at the speed of contemporary culture. ‘Words like ‘archivist’ and ‘documentation’ can feel dry, so it’s taken me a while to see myself as an artist,’ says Shelby, now 44. ‘I love being in my 40s and I love having been around the dance world for a while, realizing that we all did grow up together,’ she says.”


Live Design, June 2021

“Filmed on The Joyce stage under the direction of Nel Shelby Productions, Neo is a joyous reunion of great artists honoring the ability to create—and celebrate each other.”


The Wall Street Journal, March 2021

“In the brief intermission of “ABT Live From City Center: A Ratmansky Celebration,” a video production by Nel Shelby Productions now on demand on through April 18, Alexei Ratmansky chats with Linda Murray, dance curator of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at the New York Public Library.”


Broadway World, March 2021

“Nel Shelby Productions captured the dance-making process to create the final Movement Sentence Choir film, premiering on Friday, March 19 at 1 PM ET.”

The New York Times, March 2021

“Check out a performance by the American Ballet Theater at the New York City Center…Tickets to this event, presented by the American Ballet Theater, New York City Center and Nel Shelby Productions, are $25.”

Broadway World, March 2021

“The event, produced by American Ballet Theatre, New York City Center, and Nel Shelby Productions, includes excerpts from The Seasons, Seven Sonatas, and The Sleeping Beauty, and the World Premiere of Bernstein in a Bubble.”

Broadway World, February 2021

“Co-presented by American Ballet Theatre and New York City Center, the program will feature many of the company’s renowned dancers in works by acclaimed choreographer and ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky.”

Dance Magazine, December 2020

“For me, as I gathered all the videos and speeches leading up to the event, and watched each draft come together in the careful hands of Nel Shelby Productions, I got a chance to really look at how much this year’s honorees have enriched our field.”

Theater Mania, December 2020

“Watch clips of the six-time Tony winner singing Stephen Sondheim’s “The Glamorous Life” and Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s “It Never Was You.” The concert is produced by New York City Center and Nel Shelby Productions.”

iBerkshires, October 2020

“Choreographed by Francesca Harper in collaboration with the dancers of the Contemporary Program of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, “Still” is a dance film inspired by the courage of the civil rights movement. Set to an original score by Arcoiris Sandoval with artistic contributions by Nel Shelby Productions and Maleek Washington, the work deconstructs Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, fusing text and original movement into a compelling work reflecting on revolutions past and present.”


AMNY, September 2020

“[T]he dancers will perform Buglisi’s Requiem, which was choreographed in 2001 as an immediate response to the events of 9/11, followed by the world premiere of Études, a new three-minute film by Nel Shelby Productions. The full performance of the Table of Silence Project 9/11 will conclude the stream.”

Broadway World, September 2020

“The site-specific work had its first presentation on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 on Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center. Since the inaugural performance, more than 1200 professional dancers, musicians, and singers representing the voices of the NYC arts community in all its diversity have performed to viewership reaching close to one million people across all 50 states and in 129 countries via livestream.”

the arts fuse, September 2020

“In addition to the live “Prologue,” this year’s version will include the world premiere of Études, a three-minute film by Nel Shelby Productions featuring short works by more than 150 dancers from around the world who have been inspired by the Table of Silence Project 9/11, and the video of the full 2019 livestreamed piece, with its 182 dancers, nine musicians, and seven singers — all dressed in flowing white.”, September 2020

“The Table of Silence Project 9/11 typically features more than 150 dancers who slowly ascend onto Josie Robertson Plaza from multiple directions with the sound of a conch shell’s call to action for peace…the dancers form three concentric circles around the iconic Revson Fountain, while repeating twelve symbolic ritualistic gestures to manifest an ancient Peace Labyrinth.”

Dance Magazine, September 2020

“Dance Media Foundation in conjunction with Dance Magazine, announced today the honorees for the 63rd annual Dance Magazine Awards…The esteemed event will take place virtually on December 7, 2020, at 6 pm Eastern, produced by Nel Shelby Productions.”

The Wall Street Journal, August 2020

“The current installment, in a now-familiar trend, has gone digital; the performances were mostly filmed during festivals in the recent past.These offerings, created with Nel Shelby Productions, began on July 31 and are streaming nightly.”