Jodi Melnick

Jodi Melnick is a NYC based choreographer, collaborator, dancer, and teacher. Melnick designs intricate movement to explore the exquisite nature and dynamic relationships between human beings. Her dance language is quietly nuanced and pedestrian, at times wild and reckless, flooded with imagery, accumulating into dramatic content unmistakably constructed through choreographic means. The profound expression of the dancing body and her lucid performing instincts drives the creative process. The body is the aesthetic material.

Melnick is a 2017 Gibney DIP resident artist, an Extended Life grantee awarded from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center (LMCC), honored with a Doris Duke Impact Award (2014), a Guggenheim Fellow (2012), a Jerome Robbins New Essential Works Grant (2010-2011) , a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant (2011), and two Bessie Awards for sustained achievement in dance (2001 and 2008).

Her work has been presented both nationally and internationally, at BAM's Fisher theater (Next Wave Festival) City Center, The Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts (NYLA), The Kitchen, La Mama, Jacob’s Pillow, American Dance Festival, Martha’s Vineyard, commissioned new works by OtherShore Dance Company, Barnard College, Sarah Lawrence College, George Washington University, Taryn Griggs (2014 Mcknight awardee), DanceBox in Kansai, Japan, opening the Dublin Dance Festival, Belfast, Ireland, St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, and Tallinn, Estonia.

In 2012 Melnick had the esteemed privilege to collaborate with choreographer Trisha Brown, creating and performing the solo One of Sixty -five Thousand Gestures

Melnick’s rich experiences, working with a vast array of significant artists, include: dancing in the Twyla Tharp company (1991-1994, 2009), performing with Mikhail Baryshnikov (2005-2008), Donna Uchizono, Yoshiko Chuma ( on and off since 1998),David Neumann, Elena Demenyanko, John Jasperse, Lance Gries, Irene Hultman, Charles Atlas, Susan Rethorst, Burt Barr, Cathy Weiss, Jillian Pena, and Paul Kaiser,

Along with her own choreographic work, Melnick continues to collaborate and perform with Sara Rudner, Vicky Shick, Rashaun Mitchell,David Neumann, Beth Gill, and Jon Kinzel.

Her most recent work, MOAT was commissioned for LMCC’s River to River festival, New Bodies, presented by the Guggenheim Museum Works in Process for NYCBallet principal dancers Sara Mearns, Gretchen Smith and Jared Angle, and collaborating with Playwright Sibyl Kempson for the ongoing solstice performances at the Whitney Museum of Art. Current project include a two week long residency (september 12th-24th) in Madison Square Park, Prismatic Park, with artist Josiah McElheny,

Teaching and maintaining a constant engagement with artists of all levels and disciplines has been part of Melnick’s artistic process for many years. Melnick teaches throughout the US, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Currently, she is an adjunct professor of dance at Barnard College at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College (undergraduate and graduate), New York University in the Experimental Theater Wing and dance department, and The Trevor Day School (middle and high school).


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Movement Research at the Judson Church

January 22, 2018


January 20, 2018