Jonah Bokaer (US)

Designing Effective Collaborations

July 2nd – July 8th 2017

The Workshop

We will focus on the creative paths leading to effective artistic collaborations, through a variety of examples from Bokaer's upcoming work as well as past repertory.

Examining interdisciplinary projects that merge the genres of live performance, music, visual art, and architecture, this workshop will research and analyse the process of creating a full work through the lens of artistic partnerships, resulting in original content creation. We will explore the key stages of creation: concept building, production and presentation, by identifying and addressing the questions, debates, challenges and finding solutions as they emerge from the collaborative process.

The participants will be working in groups and will be encouraged to draw from their individual artistic or academic background. This workshop will result in a unique, Friday-night performance in La Grange, followed by a dance “after” party, to share the results of collaborative work during the week.

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Jonah Bokaer United States

Jonah Bokaer has been active as a choreographer and exhibiting artist since 2002. The creator of 55 works in a wide variety of media (dance, video, drawing, motion capture work, interactive installation, mobile application, and film), Bokaer’s work has been produced in venues around the world, including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Festival d’Avignon, Spoleto Festival, La Triennale di Milano, and SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival.

Bokaer has performed at the Guggenheim Museum, P.S.1 MoMA, and The New Museum in New York City. He founded Chez Bushwick in 2002, and co-founded CPR – Center for Performance Research with John Jasperse in 2008. He has collaborated with artists including Lynda Benglis, Anne Carson, Merce Cunningham, Robert Gober, Anthony McCall, Tino Sehgal, Lee Ufan (Guggenheim Retrospective 2011), and Robert Wilson. As choreographer for Robert Wilson, he has completed 6 operas including Faust (Polish National Opera), Aïda (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma), and On The Beach (Baryshnikov Arts Center). Bokaer has collaborated with Daniel Arsham on nine full-length works since 2007.

In 2015 he received the United States Artists Fellowship in Choreography, was named a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow in Choreography, and in 2016 won Italy’s Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, in the Visual Arts category. During Next Wave Festival 2016, he is confirmed as one of the Resident Fellows at NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts.