Welcome to the music of Nervous Doll Dancing, the solo alias of New Zealand cellist Francesca Mountfort. With three independent album releases and many awards for shows performed in New Zealand, Australia, Czech Republic and Canada, Nervous Doll Dancing has been enchanting audiences for over a decade.
The latest album and show entitled Eidolon is currently touring in Europe after picking up a third Best in Music award at the 2012 New Zealand Fringe and touring throughout Canada.
The show is a collaboration with puppeteer Marisa Fior and visual artist Tom Hume featuring original film, puppetry, illustration and animation set to Francesca’s live cello and cinematic soundscapes.
Nervous Doll Dancing albums are available here
Francesca is originally from Wellington, New Zealand. She has toured Europe, Australia and NZ with a variety of genre spanning acts including gypsy, swing, cabaret punk, indie, and solo cello with dance. Recent side projects include Shljivovitz Orkestra, a seven piece gypsy orchestra who bring to life uplifting traditional music from the Balkans.
Graduating from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Music in 2002 and Majoring in electroacoustic composition, she set about laying down the foundations for what would become Nervous Doll Dancing.
Francesca studied cello with Rolf Gjelsten from the New Zealand String Quartet and with David Chickering, principal cellist of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.