Associate Professor of Dance
Jordan Fuchs is a choreographer, performer and teacher. His choreography is grounded in improvisational practice, specifically the bias towards disorientation, sensation and process of contact improvisation, a movement form he has been practicing for more than 25 years. He utilizes the aesthetic values of improvisation to find the instability of each performance moment, the possibility of transformation through sensation and the inherent state of moving always in relationship to another and to our environment. Committed to the craft of choreography and to the unmediated, expressive capacity of the human body in motion, he delights in the dancemaking process, the obsessive tinkering-in-the-garage process of working with his collaborators in the dance studio, crafting experiences, complex and multifaceted. In addition to his choreography for stage, more recently Fuchs has also been creating work for alternative venues, such as video screens, museums and outdoor spaces, making his work accessible to
wider audiences through stretching notions of what dance is and where it can happen.
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, Dance New Amsterdam, Kristina Isabelle Dance Company, Perpetual Motion Dance, Alfred University and Texas Christian University. In addition, his choreography has been presented nationally at numerous venues, including 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.
In addition to his choreography for stage, he also creates work for the video screen with collaborators Melissa Sanderson and Yeajean Choi. These projects have been presented nationally and internationally at venues including the Seoul Dance Film Festival, São Carlos Videodance Festival in Brazil and the Dans Kamera Istanbul Festival in Turkey.
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, Geraldton, Western Australia and England. He is a former Dance Specialist in the Jerome Robbins Moving Image Archive of the Dance Division of the New York Public Library.
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.