I've listed most of my personal choreographies here - going back to my choreographic beginnings in 1977 with Limbs Dance Company... and I've added the durations because I think the length of the work is very relevant 2020 - The Mouthfeel Show...
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. Duration 18 minutes
2017 Choreographed Valhalla contemporary dance solo for a graduate of NZSD for their 50th anniversary (MJ was a student there 50 years ago!) Music by David Lynch, duration 7 minutes. Originally danced by Jill Goh
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. Duration 6 minutes
2011 In Flagrante – neoburlesque / dance cabaret work for Tempo at Q. duration one hour
2010 Spinning Winter, solo work for myself, performed at Trinity Cathedral with Bach Musica, May 2010. Music by tango maestro Astor Piazzolla. Duration 10 minutes
2009 – Witch Bitch, solo work for herself, performed at TEMPO 2009, SPLORE2010 TEMPO 2014
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 for Tempo Dance Festival.
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. Duration 20 mins
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. Duration 20 mins
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. duration one hour
1997 - Romeo & Juliet. A contemporary ballet from the point of view of Juliet - performed at the Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland Oct ‘97 Duration 45 mins
1997 - Crater Dance. A dancework from the Pacific rim. Commissioned for the WOMAD Festival, Western Springs. Duration 30 mins
1996 - Giselle. An ‘extreme’ ballet version of Giselle Act 2. Set on another planet. Performed at the Bruce Mason Centre,Takapuna, Auckland. Duration one hour
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. Duration one hour
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. Duration one hour
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. Duration 20 mins
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. Dur one hour
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. Our 30 mins
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. Full length evening work
1988 - Off With Their Heads (Alice),created for Limbs Dance Company. Music by Jonathan Besser. Duration 18 minutes
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. Duration 45 mins
1984– Souvenirs. Performed by Limbs dance co. Inspired by icons of NZ such as marching girls. Original music by Don McGlashan. Duration 30 mins
1983 - Love Song - to Don McGlashans 'this is a Love Song' duration 10 mins 1982- Warrior. Performed by Limbs dance co. Commissioned by Whangerei / Forum North opening. Original music by Wayne Laird. Duration 20 mins
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. Most of these works were 10 minutes in duration or shorter
I'd also like to add my collaborations where I was just the choreographer...as they were incredible experiences which added to my knowledge 1992 The Contest with Pacific Theatre and director Justine Simei-Barton 1998 - Cheryomushki with Young Friends of the Opera 1982 Dracula at Mercury Theatre with director Ian Mune 1979 The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore for Auckland Arts Festival, director Dickie Johnstone