Based in National Genre Dance

maryjane oreilly

Mary Jane O'Reilly has had a professional career spanning over 30 years both in New Zealand and internationally. She has received numerous grants and awards including the $30,000 Allen Highet Award (1984) for outstanding achievement by a mid-career artist and was awarded a Queens Service Medal for her services to dance in 1990. She was a co-founder, dancer and choreographer with the acclaimed and world travelled Limbs Dance Company (1977 – 86) and held the position of Artistic Director from 1979 to 1986. Her choreography of the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games (1990) involved a cast of 6000 and was viewed by over 5 million TV audiences worldwide. It was also in 1990 that she choreographed the 3 act 'Jean Batten' ballet about our most famous aviatrix for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. From 1996 to 2001 she directed the Auckland Dance Company, culminating in a hugely successful Limbs Retrospective show in 2001. From 2001 – 2004 she taught at the Dance Programme at the University of Auckland and since 2006 to 2011 she has been Artistic Director of Tempo, New Zealand's Festival of Dance. In 2012 she was appointed curator of Auckland Council's public art event - Living Room, an outdoor performing arts festival performed in mid-town Auckland. MaryJane is now full time director of her new hit contemporary cabaret show In Flagrante. Performed to over 10,000 people all over New Zealand, the show has now been selected for the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival for 26 performances in August this year. MaryJane has also created Mojo Cabaret, a confidence building companion series of classes for women that teaches performance skills and movement phrases from In Flagrante. MaryJane lives in Auckland with husband and co-producer Phil O'Reilly, their daughter Morgana, a successful stage and screen actor lives in Sydney.

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