Jordan Fuchs, Associate Professor

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Jordan Fuchs is a choreographer committed to improvisation, contact improvisation based partnering work and exploring the relationship between form and formlessness in dance-making. Creating work primarily through a collaborative, project-based company model, his recent choreographic research explores improvisation as a means of enabling co-authorship in performance.

His choreography has been presented nationally at numerous venues including Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, Movement Research at Judson Church, Dancenow/NYC, FLICfest, 92nd St. Y, and Dance New Amsterdam in New York, 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, the Carriage House Stage in Providence, and the New Genre Arts Festival in Tulsa. His choreography for TWU students was recently selected to close the 40th Anniversary Gala Concert for the ACDFA South Central Region.

He has received grants from Danspace Project’s Commissioning Initiative, funded by the Jerome Foundation; the New York State Music Fund; the DTW Suitcase Fund; the TWU New Faculty Research Enhancement Award; commissions from Kristina Isabelle Dance Company, Dance New Amsterdam, and Perpetual Motion Dance; and a University Fellowship from Ohio State University.

In 2009 Fuchs founded the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival, which he continues to coordinate. He is a recipient of the prestigious 2012 TWU Mary Mason Lyon Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Teaching and Service and has been on faculty at Hunter College and Movement Research. He has taught at numerous colleges and universities across the United States, and internationally at the National Taiwan University of Arts in Taipei, Tsekh Summer School in Moscow, Russia; and Danz'Aqui Festival Internacional in Puerto Rico.

Fuchs has had the pleasure of performing with artists, including K.J. Holmes, Kirstie Simson, Leslie Scates, Sarah Gamblin, Mark Dendy, Luka Kito/Megan Boyd, Rebecca Lazier, Scott Wells, Lizz Roman, Joanne Nerenberg, and Potrezebie. He is indebted to his teachers, including Ellie Klopp, Brian Kloppenberg, Jaclynn Villamil, Mestre Marcelo Pereira, K.J. Holmes, Kirstie Simson, Sara Shelton Mann and Keith Hennessy. He has collaborated with the composers Andy Russ, Erik Pearson, Rafael Cohen, Keith Fleming, Justin Mullins, and Jason Fick, as well as with the visual artist Katie Glicksberg.

Based in the San Francisco experimental dance scene of the early 1990's, and in the downtown New York City dance scene from 1998-2007, Fuchs was a Dance Specialist in the Dance Division of the New York Public Library from 2000-2007. He holds a BA in Religion from Oberlin College and an MFA in Choreography from Ohio State University.