“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 an experimental choreographer, performer and teacher, who uses improvised and pre-set choreographic structures to create dynamic, engaged states of presence and physicality for dancers, able to work in a variety of solo, ensemble and contact improvisation based partnering contexts. Creating work primarily through a project-based company model, Fuchs believes in the unmediated, expressive capacity of the human body in motion and values multiplicity of interpretation, disorientation and risk-taking.
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: Rest Stop Rendezvous (2003), The Almost and the Nearly (2005) and Thicket (2008); Dance New Amsterdam: Strange Planet (2011); Kristina Isabelle Dance Company: Approach (2007), Perpetual Motion Dance: The Fives (2011); Alfred University: Stations (2014) and Texas Christian University: Quintet Variations with Weather (2016). In addition his choreography has been presented nationally at numerous venues including Danspace Project, 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; Carriage House Stage in Providence; New Genre Arts Festival in Tulsa and internationally by the Arts and Cultural Development Council of Geraldton, Western Australia.
He has received grant support from Danspace Project’s Commissioning Initiative, funded by the Jerome Foundation, New York State Music Fund, DTW Suitcase Fund, Council for International Exchange of Scholars Fulbright Specialist Program and City of Greater Geraldton Community Grants Program. In addition, he has received multiple grants from Texas Woman’s University, including a New Faculty Research Enhancement Award, a Faculty Development Leave, and a Research Development Fund grant.
The founder of the annual Texas Dance Improvisation Festival, which he continues to coordinate, Fuchs is a Fulbright Specialist and has been on faculty at Hunter College and Movement Research and taught workshops at numerous universities and festivals across the United States and internationally at the NTUA in Taipei, Tsekh Summer School in Moscow and Danz'Aqui Festival Internacional in Puerto Rico, as well as in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Geraldton, Western Australia. He is a former Dance Specialist in the Jerome Robbins Moving Image Archive of the Dance Division of the New York Public Library.
In addition to his choreography for stage, he also creates work for the video screen, in collaboration with Melissa Sanderson, that utilizes disorientation as a strategy for making accessible the embodied experience of dancing. These projects have been presented nationally and internationally at venues including the São Carlos Videodance Festival in São Paulo, Brazil and the Dans Kamera Istanbul Festival in Turkey.
Fuchs has had the pleasure of dancing for artists including K.J. Holmes, Kirstie Simson, Mark Dendy, Luka Kito/Megan Boyd, Rebecca Lazier, Gina Jacobs, Scott Wells, Lizz Roman, Joanne Nerenberg, and Potrezebie. He has also had the pleasure of working with many collaborators in dancemaking including: Toby Billowitz, Megan Boyd, Rafael Cohen, Elyse Cox, Jennifer Dignan, Veronica Dittman, Sarah Gamblin, Whitney Geldon, Brandon Gonzales, Lisa Gonzales, Carolyn Hall, Kristina Isabelle, Juan Pablo Montes, Melissa Sanderson, Leslie Scates and Storme Sundberg. With an ongoing commitment to developing new music, he has collaborated with composer Andy Russ for more than 15-years, as well as with composers Erik Pearson, Keith Fleming, Rafael Cohen, Justin Mullins, Matt Dixon, Jason Fick, Scott Cazan, and the visual artist Katie Glicksberg.
Based in San Francisco in the early 90's and then in NYC from 1998-2007, Fuchs is an Associate Professor of Dance at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas and a recipient of the prestigious 2012 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.
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