I've listed most of my personal choreographies here - going back to my beginnings in 1977 with Limbs Dance Company...
2019 re-created Giselle Act 2 (MJ’s contemporary ballet 1996 version) now entitled Giselle – what becomes of the broken-hearted, scenes 1&2 for NZ Dance week at Auckland Art Gallery
2017 Choreographed Valhalla contemporary dance solo for a graduate of NZSD for their 50th anniversary (MJ was a student there 50 years ago!)
2017– Limbs@40 programme for Tempo Dance Festival included Poi and Perhaps Can, also Knee Dance and Quartet by Douglas Wright and Melting Moments by Mark Baldwin
2013 – 16 Continued to choreograph short works to add to the In Flagrante neo burlesque show.
2012 White Knights Marching Girls - created for the Living Room Festival
2011 In Flagrante – neoburlesque / dance cabaret work for Tempo at Q
2010 Spinning Winter, solo work for herself, performed at Trinity Cathedral with Bach Musica, May 2010.
2009 – Witch Bitch, solo work for herself, performed at TEMPO 2009, SPLORE2010
2007 – Time About – new work choreographed on Dorothea Ashbridge and Debra McCulloch, to be performed at TEMPO in ‘Old Yeller.’
2007 – Talking Heads – Reprised with the original cast from 1981.
2003 – 2004 University of Auckland end of year concerts featuring my works Alice, Games, Talking Heads etc.
2003 - Passion – Commissioned by the Auckland Choral Society to create 30 mins of choreography to be performed at the Trinity Cathedral, Ak interspersed through the ‘St Matthew Passion’ performance by the choir, conducted by Peter Watts. Danced by University of Auckland dance students including Benny Ord and Shanelle Lenehan.
2001 - Limbs Retrospective. Re-creation and performance series of early (1977-83) Limbs danceworks. Ak and Wgtn, NZ
3D – Three dance companies share a programme, Maidment Theatre, Ak
2000 - Flourish. Commissioned from Auckland Art Gallery as a response to ‘The Master’s Eye’ exhibition. 4 dancers / 17 mins duration.
2000 - Gallipoli. Presented in May 2000 for schools. 8 dancers. 23 minutes duration. Composer Jonathan Besser, co-choreographer, Guy Ryan.
2000 - Te Rangimarie. A site specific cross cultural Pageant in Gisborne, East Coast New Zealand, 4:30am January 1st, Dawn Ceremony supporting Kiri Te Kanawa.
and the 20 years before
1998 - Harbour Dance. A contemporary dance work performed at the Auckland Town Hall’s Great Hall with a cast of 35 including 10 professional dancers and 25 children
1997 - Romeo & Juliet. A contemporary ballet from the point of view of Juliet - performed at the Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland Oct ‘97
1997 - Crater Dance. A dancework from the Pacific rim. Commissioned for the WOMAD Festival, Western Springs.
1996 - Giselle. An ‘extreme’ ballet version of Giselle Act 2. Set on another planet. Performed at the Bruce Mason Centre,Takapuna, Auckland.
1994 - Dust in the Air.A post modern ballet. Performed at the Galaxy Theatre, Auckland. Live original music by Jonathan Besser. Four contemporary ballet dancers and MJ O’Reilly performing.
1993 - Pukeko Pie,with Ponsonby Primary School. Performed at the Auckland Town Hall by all the pupils (310 five to eleven year olds) and MJ O’Reilly onstage as a dancing MC.
1992 – Processions.Created for the Graduates of the NZ School of Dance, and the 25th Anniversary. Music by Don McGlashan and Wayne Laird. Performed at the Wellington Opera House for a season.
1992 - Adam and Eve Revisited.Commissioned and created for the Wellington International Arts Festival. Premiered at the Memorial Theatre, Wellington - followed by a season at the Maidment Theatre , Auckland. Recreated for the Taranaki Arts Festival in New Plymouth in 1993.
1990 - The Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.Choreographer and script co writer with a cast of 6000 dancers, marching girls, martial arts, gymnasts. Performed at the Ericsson Stadium (ex Mt Smart) Auckland New Zealand.
1990 - Jean. The Ballet of Jean Batten. A three act ballet with a cast of 30 commissioned for the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company Sesqui celebrations. Premiered at the Aotea Centre and for a season, then toured throughout NZ and shown on TVNZ. Original score by Jonathan Besser.
1988 - Off With Their Heads (Alice),created for Limbs Dance Company. Music by Jonathan Besser.
1987 - A re-creation of Poi for Limbs Dance Company with an extended opening to lengthen the work to 16 minutes
1986-Tarawera. Performed by Limbs dance Co. Inspired by the destruction of the Pink and White terraces in the Mt Tarawera eruption. Original music by Ivan Zagni.
1984– Souvenirs. Performed by Limbs dance co. Inspired by icons of NZ such as marching girls. Original music by Don McGlashan.
1982- Warrior. Performed by Limbs dance co. Commissioned by Whangerei / Forum North opening. Original music by Wayne Laird.
1982 – Poi. Performed by Limbs Dance co. Inspired by the movement dynamics, the sound and visual effects of Poi. Original music by Jack Body. Dur 7 minutes
1980- Saga.Theme inspired by Papua New Guinea myths and New Zealand birds. Original music by Jan Preston. Duration 30mins. 1977 - 80 created on Limbs dancers...Reptile, Games, Perhaps Can, Talking Heads, Shark Attack, Little Piano, Red Riding Hood, Greetings, and more