Jody Oberfelder has choreographed and directed dance, immersive theater, opera, film, and installation pieces since 1985. As choreographer and director, Oberfelder has created a wide variety of work for audiences in Europe, Asia, and America. With her company, Jody Oberfelder Projects (JOP), Oberfelder's expressive, athletic choreography has toured at the 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), Jacob's Pillow, MASS MoCA, Washington College, and The Yard in Martha's Vineyard. Oberfelder has also presented work at Dance New Amsterdam, Abrons Arts Center, Lincoln Center's Clark Studio Theater, Dixon Place, Symphony Space, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, The Jewish Museum, The Flea Theater, Joyce SoHo, and PS 122 at home in New York City. Oberfelder has received commissions from American institutions including: The University of Hawaii, Middlebury College, Wayne State University, Moravian College, and Alfred University. For the past fifteen years, Oberfelder has been a Teaching Artist for Lincoln Center Institute in New York. Upcoming performances include Southampton Cultural Center, Dance Place (Washington, DC) The Merchant House (Amsterdam) and University of Hawaii.
As dance filmmaker, Oberfelder has created eight films: Dance of the Neurons, Come Sit Stay, Head First, Duet, Chance Encounters, LineAge, Rapt, and Snew. These films have been shown at DCTV and Dance Films Association’s Long Legs Short Films Festival, The Dance on Camera Festival, Cinedans (Amsterdam), VideodanceBA (Buenos Aires), InShadow (Lisbon), The Tijuana Dance on Film Festival, Dance Theater Workshop’s Captured Series, Fear No Film Festival (Utah Arts Festival), Green Bay Film Festival, Cape Fear Festival, NY No Limits Festival EDIT2008, 4th International Dance Film Festival (Budapest), The Michael Fuchs Theatre at HBO, and Napoli Teatro. JOP itself has been aired in films on ABC's Nightline, Metro Arts 13, and Serbian national television.
Oberfelder has collaborated with designers and composers that include lighting designer Kathy Kaufmann, who received a Bessie for her body of work (including Oberfelder's "Landmarks of Dreams"), costume designers Liz Prince and Katrin Schnabl, Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra, (adapting the original C.F. Ramuz text, with the approval of Schirmer Publishing, in an original production of Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat) and composers Andy Akiho, Rachelle Garniez, Frank London, Dan Goode, all of whom received Music for Dance commissions) and commissions from Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s (Dido & Aeneas). Oberfelder's individual honors include two New Music USA grants, funding from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a Joyce SoHo Residency, a NYFA BUILD Grant, annual funding from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, being voted "Outstanding Choreographer" in the FringeNYC Festival in 2009, and being Guest of Honor for Dance Films Associations event with Experimental Films Virginia.
(photo: Paula Court)