Yoshiko Chuma and Jodi Melnick: Rove

Spend a weekend with Yoshiko and Jodi. What is it to pass through physical sensations, to feel numb, to clarify the body, and to generate content? Join activist, choreographer, and director Yoshiko Chuma and choreographer, dancer, teacher, Jodi Melnick for a weekend of movement, talking, and food. Through adoration and frustration, political and non political subject matters, strengths and weaknesses, we come together to facilitate this workshop. We will share the accumulation of the work at Movement Research at the Judson Church on Monday January 22. We will move a lot, we will talk a lot, we will feed you. Yoshiko and Jodi will provide lunch and dinner for workshop participants on Saturday January 20.

Yoshiko Chuma (conceptual artist, choreographer/artistic director of The School of Hard Knocks) has been a firebrand in the post-modern dance scene of New York City since the 1980s, has been consistently producing thought-provoking work that is neither dance nor theater nor film nor any other pre-determined category. She is an artist on her own journey. A path that has taken her to over 40 “out of the way” countries and collected over 2000 artists, thinkers and collaborators of every genre since establishing her company The School of Hard Knocks in New York City in 1982.

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).