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 that allow the opportunity for audiences to insert themselves into the art. 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, her most recent project, 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.
Jody Oberfelder Projects has performed at Gallus Theater (Frankfurt, Germany) and NOD Theater (Prague, Czech Republic), Dance Place (Washington DC), Southampton Cultural Center (NY), 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. The company has toured to internationally to 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). For the past fifteen years, Upcoming performances include New York Live Arts, (NY) and Site Specific work, inside a seventeenth-century Baroque Palace Biscaínhos (Braga, Portugal). Oberfelder has received commissions from American institutions that include 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 nine films: Dance of the Neurons, Come Sit Stay, Head First, Duet, Chance Encounters, LineAge, Rapt, and Snew.These films have been shown at The Frame Film Festival (London), Dance Camera West, Bryn Mawr Silver Screen Festival,Philadelphia Screendance Festival, Kinofilm, Manchester International Short Film & Animation Festival , Fargo Film Festival, Worlding the Brain Symposium, Braga Festival Video Portugal, Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, FRAME: The London Dance 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), InShadow (Lisbon) and more.
Opera and theater commissions include Don Pasquale, directed by Anton Armendariz, Divaria Productions, and a reimagined Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas (commissioned by The Orchestra of St. Luke’s). 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). She creates with new composers Daniel Wohl, Sean Hagerty, Angélica Négron, Andy Akiho, Rachelle Garniez, Frank London, Dan Goode, and Stephen Merritt. 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.
Jody was voted "Outstanding Choreographer" in the FringeNYC Festival for her collaboration with director LuLu Lolo on the project “38 WITNESSED HER DEATH, I WITNESSED HER LOVE: The Lonely Secret of Mary Ann Zielonko (Kitty Genovese Story)” Oberfelder is honored with creative support from The Joyce Theater (a Joyce Soho Residency Grant), funding from New York Foundation for the Arts’ BUILD Grant, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts., two New Music USA Grants, Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Starry Night Fund, The Holly Andersen Heart Foundation, and many generous individual donors. Most recently the company received funding from CEC Artslink funding their recent tour to Prague in October 2016.