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Madame Ovary

Madame Ovary merges Flaubert’s tragic tale of Madame Bovary with a present exploration of the body as a site of intuition, agency, and birth

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MADAME OVARY APAP at the Flea Theater

Posted on December 26, 2019 by Jody Oberfelder Projects

JODY OBEFRFELDER PROJECTS will be showing a gorgeous section of our New Music USA funded Madame Ovary with luscious music by MISSY MAZZOLI at the Flea Theater January 10-12.  We’d love to take this piece on tour!!

We’ll also be presenting a taste of “Rube Goldberg Variations ” which will eventually have music by Frank London, riffing on the Bach piano pieces, and  Object Place, an interactive site specific work.   I’ll be presenting alongside David Parker, Tiffany Mills, and Elisa Monte Dance.
Friday, January 10  8 PM
Saturday, January 11  5 PM
Sunday, January 12  Noon
at the Flea Theater, 20 Thomas St. New York, NY
for reservations: 212-226-0051 or www.theflea.org
More info about the show jodyoberfelder.com 



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Madame Ovary premieres May 15-19 at the Flea Theater

Posted on May 15, 2019 by Jody Oberfelder Projects

We hope to see you there!



Jody Oberfelder Projects present:

Madame Ovary

The Flea Theater 

May 15-19, 2019


Photo © Paula Court




Madame Ovary premieres May 15-19 at the Flea Theater

Posted on April 29, 2019 by Jody Oberfelder Projects

Jody Oberfelder Projects present:

Madame Ovary  The Flea Theater  May 15-19, 2019  http://theflea.org/shows/madame-ovary/

Tickets $20 

Th-Sat  7 pm  Sun. 3 pm

Wed. Opening night Gala 7 pm $150

Guest of Honor: Julie Lewit-Nirenberg

and Honoring Diane Torr

I’d love to invite you to my show coming up very soon.  It’s called Madame Ovary.  This is the third in a body trilogy, following the the heart and brain. This piece has two energies bumping up against each other, a deep pervasive emotional ride, and a more raw punk rock feel.

Created/written and directed: Jody Oberfelder 

in collaboration with performers:

Dancers: Elizabeth Hart (bass), Emily Giovine, Lou Mandolini, Mary Madsen, Jody Oberfelder, Maya Orchin, Mei Yamanaka 

Lighting: Kathy Kaufmann

Pianist: Isabelle O’Connell 

Music: Missy Mazzoli (with generous contributions from New Music USA)

Rock songs written by Jody Oberfelder

Sound Design: Almeda Beynon

Costumes: Jody Oberfelder

Photo © Paula Court





Missy Mazzoli attends Madame Ovary Rehearsal and APAP showing

Posted on December 15, 2018 by Jody Oberfelder Projects

What a moving and FUN rehearsal with Missy Mazzoli yesterday,  We are thrilled with this collaboration!

Come see a sneak preview of Madame Ovary during APAP  (World Premiere is May 15-19, 2019 at the Flea Theater in Tribeca, NYC)

Sunday 1/6 & Monday 1/7

Douglas Dunn Studio, 541 Broadway, 3rd FL (b/w Prince & Spring) in SoHo

5:30-6pm – Douglas Dunn + Dancers, Tandemette and DMAC: or Prelude to a New Dance
6-6:30pm – Molissa Fenley and Company, Cosmati Variations and Mali
6:30-7pm – Jody Oberfelder Projects, Madame Ovary
Wine & Snacks served!

Presenters attend FREE. For reservations contact: DFOapapRSVP@gmail.com

rehearsals begin

Posted on October 9, 2018 by Jody Oberfelder Projects

So proud of Missy Mazzoli!!! Amazing to be one of the first women composers selected by the MET. We’re thrilled to collaborate on Madame Ovary. Here’s a photo from today’s rehearsal.  (pictured: Lou Mandolini and Breckyn Drescher).  Oh the places we will go.


Madame Ovary Prequel at Art in Odd Places

Posted on September 11, 2018 by Jody Oberfelder Projects

Come and participate in the prequel to Madame Ovary.   We will be stationed at the School of Immaculate Conception (SE side 14th St. between 1st and Ave. A) Saturday and Sunday, October 13/14,  12-3 pm, as part of Art in Odd Places. Gathering through conversation, the material gleaned will be part of our piece at the Flea theater May 15-19, 2019. http://body.artinoddplaces.org/artists/   (photo: Jody Oberfelder, pictured: Maya Orchin)


Madame Ovary merges Flaubert’s tragic story of Madame Bovary with a contemporary exploration of the body as a site of intuition, agency, and birth. With choreography by Jody Oberfelder and original music by Missy Mazzoli, this work focuses on the sociopolitical implications of the gut and genitals. This project will be born out of research into the spiritual attachment to the gut, centering particularly on intuition and sexuality in the female body. How has this region of the body been the site of intuition, agency, and birth? On the other hand, how has this region been a limiting space, reducing gender identity to genitalia?

Madame Ovary will explore the body’s relationship to the past, situating the body as a site for historical excavation and focused around the theme of wrinkles in time.

This work is the third in a trilogy of works following 4Chambers, which premiered at Arts@Renaissance in January of 2013, and The Brain Piece, which recently premiered at New York Live Arts in June of 2017. 4Chambers used immersive dance theater in a former hospital to explore the physiological and emotional workings of the human heart. The Brain Piece reimagined the usage of a proscenium theater to create an installation-driven performance to ask audiences to think about thought. Madame Ovary will be created as both a concert, a ‘play’ and dance, capitalizing on ‘settings’ associated with female discovery of power, from the boring boudoir settings of yore to tell a tale of modern women whose bodies are sites for love, passion, intuition and power.

The performers will do the work of both the archaeologist and museum docent, digging up histories and enlivening them for contemporary viewers as they ask audiences to move around the space for an interactive performance-tour. Colliding macro- and micro-experiences, the piece will pull from oral and movement histories to locate and construct personal and collective memories. It will attempt to make visible the minutiae of the individual stories so often overshadowed by larger, manmade narratives, weaving in personal objects to construct a relational memoir in real time. The piece’s collaged, multidisciplinary nature will allude to the ways time erodes memory to create an impressionistic experience of the past. A dancer leads the audience into a room; the performative actions create kinesthetic empathy; the story of someone from a century ago whose footsteps are long paved over seems real again. The intimate audience encounters will be paramount, as in the way an anecdotal history found in a long-forgotten corner tends to stick with us the most.

How does gaze and filter through one’s own lens of time and context, of history and presence. How do you gauge your own relationship to body, and its identification via genitalia, as a (political) landscape in time to be navigated with lusty inquiry? Missy Mazzoli will create 40 minutes of music for this dance/play/installation creating emotional depth of where we stand now, in an abundance of stories and voices.


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The Brain Piece (New York Live Arts) June 2017 Music: Missy Mazzoli
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The Brain Piece, presented June 28-July 1, at New York Live Arts, is both an installation and proscenium
performance, designed to allow audiences to have an intimate experience with their own
minds and bodies. Performed by Oberfelder with Mary Madsen, Pierre Guilbault, and Hannah Wendel,
The Brain Piece evokes tangible and interactive experiences, where dance, music, visual art, film, and words enliven the inner life of the brain through overlapping perceptual domains. Music by Missy Mazzoli, Daniel Wohl, Sean Hagerty and Angélica Negron.

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4CHAMBERS is a guided experience through a site-specific installation. Music: Andy Akiho. This installation inviting audience members to intimately experience the relationship between anatomical and emotional shifts, associated with the heart, through participating in the work. We created a spatial environment, transforming an interior space to resemble the four chambers of the heart. Each room, or chamber, will had a specific focus and quality: visual, auditory, psychological and physical.

Duet Quartet
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This piece is a film and a performance. The film “Duet” was created to reflect the intimacy and human scale of dancing with unborn child. “Duet Quartet” brings the film into live performance, a new solo for a presently pregnant woman.

Start and End Dates



New York, New York

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New York, New York
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…

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Brooklyn, New York


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