Jody Oberfelder is a director, choreographer, and filmmaker. Her newest work, the final installation in a series of body-centric multimedia explorations, Madame Ovary commits to examine the role biology and anatomy play in defining identity through a humanistic and thoughtful lens. Madame Ovary premieres May 15-19, 2019 at the Flea Theater. Her immersive work 4Chambers (2013), a piece about the heart, was performed in an historic home on Governors Island and in a former hospital. The Brain Piece (2017) was a choreographed experience: a union of movement, film, neuroscience and sound, giving audiences an interactive and intuitive opportunity to engage with their minds in motion. 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 internationally at Museu dos Biskeínhos (Braga, Portugal), NoD (Prague), Gallus Theater, Guelph Dance Festival (Canada), 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). In the United States, she has presented her work at New York Live Arts, Abrons Arts Center, The Flea Theater, Dixon Place, Schimmel Theater, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Jacob’s Pillow, 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, Dots, and Snew. These films have been shown at Dance Films Association’s Long Legs Short Films Festival and The Dance on Camera Festival, Cinedans (Amsterdam), San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Cannes Short Film Festival, Dance Camera West, The Fargo Film Festival, Worlding the Brain Symposium, The London Dance Film Festival FRAME, Imagine Science Film Festival, DCTV, and VideodanceBA (Buenos Aires). Oberfelder also has choreographed commercials for Prada, Guerlain Perfume (with Hillary Swank), and Danskin.
In March 2018, Oberfelder will premiere Kurt Weill’s Zaubernacht performing with The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. Jody has 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).
Support for Jody’s work has included multiple The Starry Night Foundation grants (spanning 1999-2016), two New Music USA grants (2015, 2011), funding from Lower Manhattan Cultural Center (spanning 2008-2016), CEC Artslink (2007, 2016), a Joyce SoHo Residency (2008), a NYFA BUILD Grant (2009), NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (2007-2013), being voted "Outstanding Choreographer" in the FringeNYC Festival (2009), The Harkness Foundation for Dance (1994-2014), 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), and The Jaffe Fund (2000-2).