Juliet Shelley

The Opportunity of a Lifetime

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Hello world! Catch me if you can. This is an exciting adventure and you are invited to travel along with me.

I have been offered the opportunity to teach and perform on an international dance summer school in Amsterdam, to attend workshops in Vienna, Italy and Spain, and to teach at a University in San Francisco. You know and I know that international travel can open up all kinds of amazing possibilities for artists. With the support of your donation I can travel overseas to Europe and America, bring fresh, new insights and professional experiences back to New Zealand and share some exciting adventures with you along the way.

Dancing is what I love to do and I adore sharing this art form with others. It's a huge leap for me to take my work to the world and I'm ready for it. I've done a great job producing workshops, classes and performances for other national and international artists - now I'm producing myself and saying hey, I'm as good as the rest, I've got what it takes, I can do this! With your help, I can go out there and make it happen. I can step up! Your donation will get me to Europe, America and home again in time for Christmas. Will you join me? Yes? Then boost me!


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  • Project Update - July to December 2015 - Updated Nov 16



  • I'm on my way!


    Hi everyone, 

    I left NZ on July 3rd and spent three days in Singapore at the home of Singaporean actress Sharda Harrison. Sharda is just finishing a six week stint as an actress in a Wild Rice production of Another Country at the National Library Theatre in Singapore. I went to see the show on Sunday 5th July. It was really good. That night I went to a party for the show cast and crew at one of the actresses homes in Singapore and spoke to the company director, Ivan Heng. 

    Sharda and I are looking to create a performance piece together with support from Asia/NZ funding and it was the first time I had met her, and she put me up in her home.

    I taught my workshop on Saturday 4th July and it went very well and I attended a contact jam on Sunday. 

    On Monday I watched Sharda direct a group of young people in a rehearsal space and I gave the group some input for their work and then caught a taxi to the airport at around 10pm. 

    I arrived in Amserdam on Tuesday morning and traveled by taxi to the home of Katie Duck, an old friend who has worked with me since the time I lived in England. I contacted Katie after I left the Laban Centre and asked her to make a solo piece on me. She said yes. So I worked with Katie at Dartington College of Arts in Devon and learned the material for a solo piece called The Death of a Fairy. I performed that piece at the Theaterschool that I attended at Da Costakade 102, 1053 WP Amterdam.. a place I revisited two days ago whilst back here in Amsterdam.  

    I saw a performance at the Overtoom two nights ago with Ellen Knops on lighting, and dancers from Holland, Italy and the USA. Yesterday I attended a ballet class at a fantastic contemporary dance studio here in Amsterdam.  There were around fifty plus dancers there. The teacher was Laura Bernasconi. Today, Friday I am off to travel to Italy to work with Kirstie Simson, the first of my teachers who can read about if you scroll down my updates.

    More soon, Love, Juliet 


  • I'm in Singapore and am teaching today!



    Hi everyone, I'm in Singapore and teaching this workshop in a couple of hours time.


    I had a nice, easy flight here and am staying at the home of Sharda Harrison - an actress in Singapore - I'm so lucky to be here!

    All the best for now and speak again soon, 

    Juliet xx


  • We made it! This campaign is 100% successful!


    What an incredible achievement this has been! We made it!  The campaign is 100% successful, thanks to you all.

    We did it together and what an amzing  team you have all been for me!

    I can't wait to update you with news of my travels and adventures.

    Massive gratitude goes to you my donors, to the team at Boosted in Wellington, especially Katie and Charley. Your posiive uplifting energy was a huge boost in itself.

    I couldn't have done any of this without you all. Thank you.

    More soon, 



    We made it!  This campaign is 100% successful!
  • Thank you everyone!


    Thank you everyone. The campaign is almost over and it's 9.37pm on Tuesday 30th June.

    It's been a fantastic experience. I'm looking forward to sharing my dancing adventures with you all along the way.

    Much love, Juliet 

    Thank you everyone!
  • Thank you.


    This is to say an absolutely Ginormously huge thank you to everyone who has donated to my project. With one day to go, I can honestly say, it's been an incredible privilege to experience being Boosted by you.  You rock, all of you. You have turned my world upside down and you have proven to me that it's possible to ask for, and receive, support. There is nothing quite like that. It has restored my faith in humanity. All the people who have donated anonymously, I want to say a huge and heartfelt thank you. All my friends and family who have donated, you have moved me to tears. Thank you.  

    Thank you.
  • This is so exciting!


    This is so exciting! The campaign is just hours away from the finishing line and it's at 89% as I write this post on Monday 29th June at 4.47pm

    Who is going to be the lucky person to tip the campaign over to 90%?

    Who is going to be the amazing person who tips it up to 95% and then 99% and who is going to be the person who has the once in a lifetime experience of donating and getting the total to 100%?!

    Wow! That is going to be such an incredible moment for that one special mystery person out there!

    I'm already feeling kind of jealous to be honest.





    This is so exciting!
  • Juliet's choreography and performance work 1998 - 2006 Auckland and Wellington



    Juliet's choreography and performance work 1998 - 2006  Auckland and Wellington
  • Hi everyone, here is my project itinerary! Happy reading!



  • Hi everyone, here is my project itinerary! Happy reading!



  • Nine days to go to reach the target of 100%.



    Nine days to go to reach the target of 100%.
  • My teacher in Europe: Nita Little


    Nita Little engages in an investigation of the dynamic aspects of embodied states through performance, pedagogy, and theoretical inquiry. A touring dance artist specializing in improvisational forms, she introduces ideas of embodiment as the ecological articulation of presence, the physicality of directed attention, and the flexibility of self-sensing that makes moving important to knowing different forms of intelligence. She participated with Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith and others in the explorations that became Contact Improvisation in 1972 and has been significant in its emergence. Her work on the embodied mind and the "meaning" of attention dates back to the early 80s when she initiated a curriculum, The Mind in Motion. This work explores the range of experiential states of the embodied mind and reveals principles that define Contact Improvisation as well as other movement forms.



    My teacher in Europe: Nita Little
  • My teacher in Europe: Katie Duck


    Katie Duck has been a professional performer and maker since the early 1970’s. She has been a influential figure in the improvisational performance scene internationally, inspiring generations of performers, musicians and performance makers. She set up the acclaimed Gruppo in Italy in 1979 and toured Europe with a host of productions. She was head of choreography at Dartington College of arts (senior lecturer) in the late 1980’s. She joined the staff at Amsterdam Hogeschool voor de kunsten in 1991 teaching movement research, improvisation, composition and technique and founded the improvisational dance and music company Magpie in the 1990’s with whom she toured internationally. She has collaborated with renowned dance and improvisation music artists form all over the world.




    My teacher in Europe: Katie Duck
  • My teachers in Europe: Julyen Hamilton


    I have been making dances, directing and teaching for the past 40 years.
    I was born in England, then lived in Amsterdam and am now based in Girona in northern Spain.

    Trained in a period of experimentation in London in the mid-70s , I have constantly made work from a radical point of view.

    My work, both in company and solo, develops dance for the theatre - a place where an atmosphere of transformation, insight and understanding is permitted without resort to thin conclusions.
    In this ambience dancers and light designer are directed to compose pieces instantly;
    we practise a process of improvisation in rehearsal and in the moment of performance.
    These are refined skills; they are a way of tunnelling down into ourselves with the light of spontaneity and producing material.
    This material is fresh to the intelligence of the moment and also linked to the months years and epochs that it has been gestating in the individual and the individual's history.




    My teachers in Europe: Julyen Hamilton
  • My teachers in Europe: Kirstie Simson


    Kirstie Simson has been a continuous explosion in the contemporary dance scene, bringing audiences into contact with the vitality of pure creation in moment after moment of virtuoso improvisation. Called "a force of nature" by the New York Times, she is an award-winning dancer and teacher who has "immeasurably enriched and expanded the boundaries of New Dance," according to Time Out Magazine (London). Simson's eternal subject is freedom, as she dares to go beyond the boundaries of form and structure to create movement out of the rhythm of life itself.




    My teachers in Europe: Kirstie Simson
  • Embody2 Dance Platform Bats Theatre April 2015



    Embody2 Dance Platform Bats Theatre April 2015
  • Life is so generous a giver


    'Life is so generous a giver, but we, judging its gift by their covering, cast them away as ugly or heavy or hard. Remove the covering and your will find beneath it a living splendour, woven by love, by wisdom, with power. Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the Angel's hand who brings it to you. Everything we call a trial, a sorrow, or a duty, believe me, that angel's hand is there; the gift is there, and the wonder of an overshadowing Presence. Our joys too, be not content ...with them as joys, they too conceal diviner gifts...'

    Excerpt from a letter by Fra Giovanni to the Contessina Allagia dela Aldobrandeschi, written in 1513. The letter was found at 38 Via Martelli, Firenze, Florence, Italy.

    Thank you to everyone who has donated to this Boosted campaign so far. I am moved to tears and touched deeply to experience and receive your support. You are so special to me; I am taking you with me as I travel to the other side of the world to dance, teach, perform and share my work with the world and I do not feel alone any longer because of your presence and support. 

    The campaign has reached the magical 10% and has another 15 days to go. There is strength in numbers and every dollar counts. There is great love, wisdom and power in the world and you are that. Thank you, Juliet

    Life is so generous a giver