artistic director

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Jody Oberfelder is a director, choreographer, and filmmaker. Recent projects: Madame Ovary, May 15-19th, 2019  at the Flea Theater, On the Move Shortly, performed at St. Pancras Station in London and Things,is acollaboration with the Brisbane, Australian quintet Topology, who specialize in creating music from speech patterns and melody and Zaubernacht, is a fairy tale, a commission by the Kurt Weill Foundation, and Dido & Aeneas.  Other immersive work: 4Chambers, (2013-14) a piece about the heart, was performed in an historic home on Governors Island and in a former hospital and The Brain Piece (2015-18) a choreographed experience: a union of movement, film, neuroscience and sound, giving audiences an interactive opportunity to engage with their minds in motion, performed at New York Live Arts, Dance Space (Washington DC) and the International Nanotechnology Summit (Braga, Portugal, and Castle Walk, a danced-through tour of a Baroque Palace in Portugal (Fall 2017)  was created in collaboration with Arte Total in Braga, Portugal.

Oberfelder has recently performed in the works of Asad Raza (Whitney Biennial 2017) , Steve Paxton (MoMA 2012) and Simone Forti (MoMA: Judson Church: The Work is Never Done) 2018-2019. 

Oberfelder has been a guest teacher at Bryn Mawr University, Temple University, University of Hawaii, New York University, Middlebury College, Wayne State University, Moravian College, and Alfred University.  She has been awarded a Joyce Theater Residency, a New York Foundation for the Arts BUILD Grant, and funding from NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her company, Jody Oberfelder Projects (JOP), has performed internationallyMuseu dos Biskeínhos (Braga, Portugal), NoD (Prague), Gallus Theater Guelph Dance Festival, Centre National de la Danse in Paris, Die Werkstatt in Dusseldorf, The Pusan National Theater in Korea, The 20th Annual 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) to Jacob's Pillow, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Dance New Amsterdam, MASS MoCA, Washington College, and The Yard in Martha's Vineyard

 As dance filmmaker, Oberfelder has created ten films: Dance of the Neurons, Come Sit Stay, Head First, Duet, Chance Encounters, LineAge, Rapt, Dizzy Memoir and Snew.These films have been shown at Short to the Point Festival, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Dance Camera West, Cannes Short Film Festival, The Fargo Film Festival, Worlding the Brain Symposium, Imagine Science Film Festival, DCTV and Dance Films Association’s Long Legs Short Films Festival, The Dance on Camera Festival, Cinedans (Amsterdam), VideodanceBA (Buenos Aires), Upcoming screenings include Dance Camera West and the London Dance Film Festival FRAME.  Oberfelder also has choreographed/ movement directed with photographer Steven Meisel for  Versace, Chloé, Prada, in addition to commercials for Guerlian Perfume (with Hillary Swank), and Danskin.

In March 2018 Oberfelder premiered Kurt Weill’s Zaubernacht performing with The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York for its first performance in New York in almost 100 years. Jody choreographed for Don Pasquale, directed by Anton Armendariz, Divaria Productions, and the Spanish opera company Rioja Lirica (April 2016) She has reimagined Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas (commissioned by The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, 2008). In an original production of Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat, Oberfelder adapted the original C.F. Ramuz text with the approval of Schirmer Publishing (commissioned by Brooklyn Philharmonic in 2009).

Oberfelder's honors include two The Starry Night Foundation (spanning 1999-2018), three New Music USA grants (2018, 2015, 2011), funding from Lower Manhattan Cultural Center (spanning 2008-2018), CEC Artslink (2007, 2016), a Joyce SoHo Residency (2008), a NYFA BUILD Grant (2009), NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (2007-2013), and being voted "Outstanding Choreographer" in the FringeNYC Festival (2009), The Harkness Foundation for Dance (1994-2014) Creative support for includes 2wice Arts Foundation  (2000-2016), The Holly Andersen Heart Foundation (2012-2014, New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship (1987) National Endowment for the Arts (1991), New York State Council for the Arts (1989), Chilmark Foundation  2004-5)The Odyssey Fund of the Jewish Communal Fund (2012), The Pfizer Foundation (2008-09), The Jaffe Family Fund, New York Foundation for the Arts, and generous individual donors.


Her company, Jody Oberfelder Projects (JOP), has performed internationally at Flowstate (Brisbane, Australia), St. Pancras Station (London), The International Nanotechnology Summit, Museu dos Biskeínhos (Braga, Portugal), The Merchant House (Amsterdam), NoD (Prague), Gallus Theater (Frankfurt), Guelph Dance Festival (Canada), Centre National de la Danse (Paris), Die Werkstatt in (Dusseldorf), The Pusan National Theater in Korea, The 20th Annual 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). In the United States, she has presented her work at New York Live Arts, Abrons Arts Center, Art in Odd Places, The Flea Theater, Dixon Place, Pace University’s Schimmel Theater, and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. National performances include Jacob’s Pillow,  MASS MoCA, Washington College, and The Yard in Martha's Vineyard.