September 12, 2017 - September 24, 2017

Prismatic Park: Jodi Melnick


New York City based choreographer, collaborator, dancer, and teacher Jodi Melnick will be using Prismatic Park as a launching pad for her creative experimentations in dance, from September 12-24. There will be moments of spontaneous creation and interaction between the artist and the public, as both occupy the Park’s beautiful and inspiring natural environment.

Make sure to pick up a free poster in the Park, featuring exclusive images provided by Melnick and her artist residency schedule.


Tuesday, September 12
10-11am – Jodi Melnick/Sara Rudner
3:30-6pm – Jodi Melnick/Kareem Alexander Hewitt/Maya Lee-Parritz/Rochelle Wilbun
6-6:30pm – Jodi Melnick

Wednesday, September 13
1:30-4:30pm – Jodi Melnick/Maya Lee-Parritz/Rochelle Willbun/Kareem Alexander Hewitt

Thursday, September 14
2-4pm – Jodi Melnick/Maya Lee-Parritz /Clara Chapin Hess/Cauveri Suresh
4-5pm – Jodi Melnick

Friday, September 15
3:30-4:30pm – Jodi Melnick/Kareem Alexander Hewitt
4:30-6pm – Jodi Melnick/Maya Lee-Parritz/Isadora Vandergaw Scott
6:15-6:45pm – Jodi Melnick/Joseph Lennon

Saturday, September 16
2-4pm – Jodi Melnick/Pareena Lim/Maya Lee-Parritz/Kareem Alexander Hewitt/Rochelle Willbun
4-6pm – Yoshiko Chuma with guest artists

Sunday, September 17
2-4pm – Jodi Melnick/Kareem Alexander Hewitt/Pareena Lim
4-6pm – Yoshiko Chuma with guest artists

Tuesday, September 19
10-11am – Jodi Melnick/Sara Rudner/Vicky Shick
3-5pm – Jodi Melnick/Colleen Thomas/Asli Bulbul/Maya Lee-Parritz/Kareem Alexander Hewitt
5-6:30pm – Jodi Melnick in collaboration with Jon Kinzel (Headdress by Jon Kinzel)

Wednesday, September 20
1-4pm – Jodi Melnick/Maya Lee-Parritz/Rochelle Wilbun/Asli Bulbul/Isadora Vandergaw Scott

Thursday, September 21
12:45-1:30pm – Jodi Melnick/Emily Coates
2-3pm – Jodi Melnick/Rochelle Wilbun/Colleen Thomas
4:30-5:45pm – Jodi Melnick/Asli Bulbul/Nicky Paraiso

Friday, September 22
5-6pm – Jodi Melnick/Rashaun Mitchell
5:45-6:30pm – Jodi Melnick/Nicky Paraiso
6:30-7:15pm – Jodi Melnick in collaboration with Jon Kinzel (Headdress by Jon Kinzel)

Saturday, September 23
2-5pm – Jodi Melnick/Julie Brandano/Shirley Dai/Nathalie Jonas/Pareena Lim/Maya Lee-Parritz/Kareem Alexander Hewitt/Isadora Vandergaw Scott/Rochelle Wilbun

Sunday, September 24
4-6pm – Maya Lee-Parritz/Isadora Vandergaw Scott/Shirley Dai/Nathalie Jonas/Asli Bulbul/Rochelle Wilbun/Kareem Alexander Hewitt
6-7pm – Jodi Melnick

Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park will be on view from June 13-October 8. Prismatic Park will be used by three art non-profit organizations—Blank Forms, Danspace Project, and Poets House—to realize new and exciting works. When not occupied by resident artists, the public can access the exhibition as a platform for their own creativity. Look out for a free weekly poster available in the Park.

Jodi Melnick is a NYC based choreographer, collaborator, dancer, and teacher. She is a 2017 Gibney DIP resident artist and an Extended Life artist-in-residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). Her recent awards include: Doris Duke Impact Award (2014); Guggenheim Fellow (2012); Jerome Robbins New Essential Works Grant (2010-2011); Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant (2011); and two Bessie Awards for sustained achievement in dance (2001 and 2008).

Her evening-length work Moment Marigold (2014) premiered at BAM as part of the Next Wave Festival. Her work has also been presented at City Center’s Fall for Dance, The Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts, The Kitchen, La MaMa, Jacob’s Pillow, and American Dance Festival. She has received commissions from OtherShore Dance Company, Barnard CollegeSarah Lawrence College, George Washington University among others.

In 2012, Melnick had the privilege of collaborating with choreographer Trisha Brown, co-creating and performing the solo One of Sixty-Five Thousand Gestures. Melnick was assistant director to Trisha Brown creating and re-staging two operas, Schubert’s Winterreise (2002) and Scrainno’s Da Gelo a Gelo (2006). In 2004, she worked with choreographer Joachim Schloemer, composer Olga Neuwirth, and Nobel-prize winning playwright and novelist Elfriede Jenilek on David Lynch’s opera based on his film Lost Highway.

She has worked with a wide array of esteemed artists including: Twyla Tharp (1990-1994, 2009) and Mikhail Baryshnikov (2005-2008), Yvonne Rainer, Charles Atlas, Donna Uchizono, Yoshiko Chuma, Liz RocheIrene Hultman, Burt Barr, David Michalek, Dennis O’Connor, Lance Gries, and Patricia Hoffbauer. She continues to perform and collaborate with Sara Rudner, Vicky Shick, Susan Rethorst, Rashaun MitchellJillian Peña, Beth Gill, John Jasperse, Jon KinzelPaul Kaiser, and Cathy Weis.

Melnick is developing a new work, expanding on the dancing dialogue initiated by Danspace Project in 2015, with New York City Ballet dancers Sara Mearns, Gretchen Smith, and Jared Angle for LMCC’s River to River Festival in June 2017. She is currently collaborating with Playwright Sibyl Kempson on a spring Solstice performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art.



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