Isabelle Nelson is a graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance and upon graduating commenced work with JAVA Dance Company. She toured both nationally and internationally with JAVA; teaching workshops and performances throughout primary and secondary schools of New Zealand as well as performing in Festivals throughout NZ and Australia. Working alongside the freelance dance community in works such as ‘WOW’ – Malia Johnston; with BiPeds Productions with Lyne Pringle as well as with ‘JAVA Dance’ has provided Isabelle with the opportunity to work with some of NZ’s most established choreographers, performers and teachers.
She originally came to Europe to attend Dance Festivals in Spain & Austria and then was able to stay on with a sponsor to continue dance training in The Netherlands. She spent 2014 working alongside ‘de KISS moves FUSION dance theatre’, (Netherlands) where they went on to perform in the Finals for ‘Hollands Got Talent,’ and received the vote for ‘Audience’s Favorite.’
Isabelle is currently engaged with Dans Theater AYA on a new production ‘MATTIES,’ and on ‘Exploring Borders,’ with ‘Curtis & CO.’ IN 2020 she also performed with ‘Curtis & CO.’ on the new production ‘Madame Bovary,’ with Choreographer Susanna Curtis (DE) which premiered in Nuremberg, 2020. She also completed a new co-production between ‘Dans Theatre AYA‘ and ZEP Productions (touring NL). In 2018/19 she also danced and performed in two productions with the Dutch Nationale Opera (NL). In 2017/18 she worked with choreographer ‘Isabelle Beernaert,‘ (BE) touring Belgium and The Netherlands. She has worked with various artists in NL – such as a choreographer/dancer with Dutch musician/artist ‘Jett Rebel,’ for his 2018 Single ‘Good boy.’ In the previous years 2015/16 she danced for Djurre Brouwer, ‘Real-Art Co.’ performing at ‘DansMakers Open Podium,’ She also worked for ‘New Dance Company’ Amsterdam where they toured their first international work to Skopje Festival, Macedonia. She has taught at Henny Jurriëns Stichting, The International School (AICS) Amsterdam and Amsterdam Dance Centre, Chasse Dance Studios, Tanzzentrale Nurnberg, LOD Dance Studios, Standouts Dance & Drama (NZ) and has also worked with House of Makers as a performer as well as assisting work with ASO Productions.
Isabelle was a guest artist with Tanzcompagnie Giessen (DE) performing in ‘IN | DE | FL | AIR’ (UA) from Lucyna Zwolinska and in the same period premiered her own work ‘MANA ORITE,’ at Tanzart Ost-West festival in Giessen, Germany 2019 and later performed two sold out shows at DANSBLOK in Scheltema, The Netherlands. She also had the opportunity to choreograph and dance for the ‘Dutch Ministry of Defence,’ (DMO) performing at Hart Van Holland. She has had the opportunity to research and develop her artistic practise with the support of ‘SED & Cultuur ondernemen,‘ 2018/19 (NL) and the Kulturfactory International Residency 2019 (IT,FR) and werktuigPPO.
‘MANA ORITE,’ was programmed to perform in this years Tempo Dance Festival,’ in NZ but due to current circumstances has been postponed. Isabelle will be presenting two new choreographic works premiering in 2021; called ‘KERN’ at ‘Het Mandela Huisje’ supported by Balkonscènes – Fonds Podiumkunsten in Amsterdam 2021 and ”Meet me in this circle,” at TWIGHLIGHT IN THE ROUND – Florence Dance Festival (IT).
Special thanks to the ‘Dorothy Daniels Dance Scholarship,’ the Wellington Freemasons as well as Roy Savage who supported me to venture into the unknown. “It’s this idea of creating something that was worthwhile,”… Mr Savage