About Jodi Melnick
New York, NY
Jodi Melnick (CBA ’19) is a choreographer/performer whose work stems from her postmodern, experimental, downtown New York City roots, and her recent workings with the New York City Ballet’s principal dancers. She uses the profound expression of the dancing body and lucid performing instincts to drive the creative process. The body is the work’s aesthetic material. Melnick has been honored with a Doris Duke Impact award, Guggenheim Fellowship, two Bessie awards, Jerome Robbins Essential Arts grant, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant. Her work has been presented at BAM, City Center, The Joyce Theater, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, NYLA, Vail Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Lumberyard, and internationally. Melnick currently teaches at Barnard College and Sarah Lawrence College.
True Love/New work/Opulence/Nothing
This new work starts with examining what is virtuosic and spectacular, as a creator, performer, and audience member. In this process driven work, Melnick will delve deep with her performers, transmitting postmodern sensibilities onto highly virtuosic ballet bodies. Opulence (working title), is a group work, made to be transferable between the ballet trained body and herself, a solo performer.