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Jody Oberfelder Projects

New York, NY         

Jody Oberfelder is a director, choreographer, and filmmaker. Whether on a proscenium stage, in a film, or installation, her body of work serves up tangible, visceral experiences of presence. Her immersive work 4Chambers, a piece about the heart, was performed in an historic home on Governors Island and in a former hospital. The Brain Piece, is a choreographed experience. This unique union of movement, sound, neuroscience and film creates overlapping perceptual domains, giving audiences an interactive and intuitive opportunity to engage with their minds in motion. Madame Ovary, the third in that trilogy, references Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. Together with composer Missy Mazzoli, pianist Isabelle O’Connell, and bassist Elizabeth Hart, Oberfelder devised a world of lush sensuality and demonstrative power, blending full-bodied dancing, and humor, creating a vital forum for our anatomically-influenced identities, and questioned “Are we defined by our bodies, or not?”

Jody Oberfelder Projects has performed  at Museu dos Biskeínhos (Braga, Portugal),Flowspace (Brisbane, Australia), St. Pancras Station (London),  NoD (Prague) Gallus Theater (Frankfurt), Guelph Dance Festival (Canada), Centre National de la Danse in Paris, Die Werkstatt in Dusseldorf, The Pusan National Theater in Korea , The International Festival of Modern Dance in Seoul, and The Belgrade Dance Festival (with performances at The Belgrade State Theater in Serbia and the State Theater of Montenegro in Podorica).  Dance Place (Washington DC),  Jacob’s Pillow, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, MASS MoCA, Washington College, and The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard. JOP presented work at Abrons Arts Center, Lincoln Center, Dixon Place, Symphony Space, The Jewish Museum, The Flea Theater, Joyce SoHo, and PS 122 in New York City. T For the past fifteen years, Oberfelder has Oberfelder has received commissions from American institutions that include Beijing Dance Academy, University of Hawaii, Middlebury College, Wayne State University, Moravian College, and Alfred University. For 16 years, Oberfelder was a Teaching Artist for Lincoln Center Institute in New York.

As dance filmmaker, Oberfelder has created ten films: Dots, Dance of the Neurons, Come Sit Stay, Head First, Duet, Chance Encounters, LineAge, Rapt, and Snew.These films have been shown Bryn Mawr Silver Screen Festival, Philadelphia Screendance Festival, Kinofilm, Manchester International Short Film & Animation Festival, Fargo Film Festival, Worlding the Brain Symposium, FRAME: The London Dance Film Festival , The Fargo Film Festival,  Imagine Science Film Festival, DCTV, The Dance on Camera Festival, Cinedans (Amsterdam), VideodanceBA (Buenos Aires), InShadow (Lisbon) and more.

Opera and theater commissions include Kurt Weil’s Zaubernacht, and a reimagined Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas (commissioned by The Orchestra of St. Luke’s),  Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat.  She creates with new composers Missy Mazzoli, Daniel Wohl, Sean Hagerty, Angélica Négron, Andy Akiho, Rachelle Garniez, Frank London, Dan Goode, and Stephen Merritt. 

Jody was voted “Outstanding Choreographer” in the FringeNYC Festival.  Creative support from The Joyce Theater , CEC Artslink, New York Foundation for the Arts’ BUILD Grant, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, three New Music USA Grants, Harkness Foundation for Dance and  The Starry Night Fund.






The Brain Piece (Trailer)

Performed in in Washington DC at Dance Place, music is by Daniel Wohl, Sean Hagerty, and Angelica Négron. Video design: Jody Oberfelder and Eric Siegel

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Oberfelder’s THROB tackles the story as well as the science of the heart — getting at its substance by examining how we experience shifts in the dancers’ microcosmic relationships. A “scientist” (sound designer) captures the dancers pulses in real time. Andy Akiho’s score, for which we received a New Music USA grant in 2011, powers this physical and emotional work.

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Dance of the Neurons (film trailer)

In the award winning “Dance of the Neurons”, co-directed by Jody and Eric Siegel, 24 dancers embody through movement metaphors: the birth of neurons, cell family formation, synapses, and neural pathways. Oberfelder consulted with Ed Lein from the Allen Institute for Brain Research, and Gary Marcus to evolve vocabulary. The musical score by Daniel Wohl, and funded by New Music USA, and used with permission of Schirmer Publishing. This film is also part of the “The Brain Piece,” https://www.jodyoberfelder.com/thebrainpiece/

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