Jody Oberfelder choreographs and directs dance, theater, opera, film, and installation pieces. As choreographer and director, Oberfelder has created a wide variety of work for audiences in Europe, Asia, and America. With her company, Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects (JODP), Oberfelder's expressive, athletic choreography has toured from the 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. Oberfelder has also presented work at Dance New Amsterdam, Abrons Arts Center, Lincoln Center's Clark Studio Theater, Dixon Place, Symphony Space, The Jewish Museum, The Flea Theater, Joyce SoHo, and PS 122 at home in New York City. Oberfelder has received commissions from American institutions that include 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.
As dance filmmaker, Oberfelder has created seven films: Come Sit Stay, Head First, Duet, Chance Encounters, LineAge, Rapt, and Snew. These films have been shown in The Dance on Camera Festival, Cinedans (Amsterdam), VideodanceBA (Buenos Aires), InShadow (Lisbon), The Tijuana Dance on Film Festival, DTW’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. JODP 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 recently for her body of work (including Oberfelder's "Landmarks of Dreams"), costume designers Liz Prince and Katrin Schnabl, Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra, (adapting the orignial 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. Lukes (Dido & Aeneas). Oberfelder's individual honors include a Joyce SoHo Residency (2007 - 2008), a NYFA BUILD Grant (2008 - 2009), annual funding from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and being voted "Outstanding Choreographer" in the FringeNYC Festival. Creative support for Jody and the company has come from The Holly Andersen Heart Foundation, The Department of Cultural Affaris, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, NEA, NYSCA, The Pfizer Foundation, The Starry Night Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Jaffee Family Fund, New York Foundation for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and generous individual donors.