“Redefining chaos… Fuchs has found a perfect title for the illusion of delicate complexity that he has created... What we see and hear in the beguiling collaboration between the choreographer and composer Andy Russ is sparer than most thickets… Yet, as in nature, surprises crop up, patterns come out of hiding, and sounds and imagery become denser.” Deborah Jowitt Village Voice
Jordan Fuchs is a choreographer, performer and teacher, whose choreography for stage, screen and alternative venues is grounded in improvisational practice, specifically the bias towards disorientation, sensation and process of contact improvisation, a movement form he has been practicing for more than 30 years. He utilizes the aesthetic values of improvisation to find the instability of each performance moment, the possibility of transformation through sensation and the inherent state of moving always in relationship to another and to the environment. Committed to the unmediated, expressive capacity of the human body in motion, he delights in the dancemaking process, the obsessive, intuitive, tinkering-in-the-garage process of working with collaborators in the dance studio, crafting experiences, complex and multifaceted, and stretching notions of what dance is and where it can happen.
Fuchs’ choreography has been hailed as “magical” by Jennifer Dunning of the New York Times and noted for “redefining chaos” and for creating “illusions of delicate complexity” by Deborah Jowitt of the Village Voice. He has received commissions from Danspace Project, Dance New Amsterdam, Kristina Isabelle Dance Company, Perpetual Motion Dance, Alfred University and Texas Christian University, and his choreography has been presented nationally at numerous venues including: Dance Theater Workshop, FLICfest, Movement Research at Judson Church, Performance Mix Festival, Dancenow/NYC, Dance New Amsterdam, the 92nd St. Y, Chashama and the Flea in New York City; Sushi in San Diego; Dancer’s Group Footwork and New Performance Gallery in San Francisco; Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation; Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex in Houston; Fuse Box Festival in Austin; New Genre Arts Festival in Tulsa and internationally by the Arts and Cultural Development Council of Geraldton, Western Australia and the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, Czech Republic. In addition, his choreography for screen, with collaborators Melissa Sanderson and Yeajean Choi, has been presented nationally and internationally at venues including the Seoul Dance Film Festival, São Carlos Videodance Festival in Brazil, Dans Kamera Istanbul Festival in Turkey, Festival Agite y Sirva in Mexico and the Light Moves Festival of Screendance in Ireland.
The founder of the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival, Fuchs is a former Fulbright Specialist, who has been on faculty at Hunter College and Movement Research and taught at numerous venues nationally and internationally, including at NTUA in Taipei, Tsekh Summer School in Moscow, WCCIjam and Contact Fest Freiburg. A former Dance Specialist in the Jerome Robbins Moving Image Archive of the Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, he has served as a curator for the EnCore Dance on Film Festival, and as a performer for artists including K.J. Holmes, Kirstie Simson, Mark Dendy, Rebecca Lazier, and Scott Wells among others. Based in San Francisco in the early 90's and then in NYC, Fuchs is a Professor of Dance at Texas Woman’s University and a recipient of the prestigious TWU Mary Mason Lyon Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Teaching and Service. He holds a BA in Religion from Oberlin College and an MFA in Choreography from Ohio State University, where he was awarded a University Fellowship.