Jonah Bokaer

ECLIPSE is a multidisciplinary performance that will examine pattern recognition and perceptual faculties, applied to the moving body, and the human eye. A collaboration between choreographer Jonah Bokaer and visual artist Anthony McCall, with newly commissioned music by Loren Kiyoshi Demspter, the work stages movement in relationship to built spaces, objects, lighting, and other media, creating illusions in space through synthesizing choreography, visual design, and sound. That is to say, the production creates beautiful illusions of expanded space through the use of movement, visual design, lighting, objects, and media – including choreography and design.
ECLIPSE disassembles common definitions of Dance, Performance, Sculpture, and Architecture, and is experimental in the forms it produces. The collaborating artists use techniques that include choreography, projection spatial design, and sound art, while expanding the traditional roles of each. The work is collaborative between choreographer, visual designer, and composer, and is realized with support through dynamic residency and international co-commissioning partnerships.


Originally from Ithaca, NY, Bokaer trained in dance at Cornell University, and subsequently graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts as a North Carolina Academic Scholar (Contemporary Dance/Performance, 2000). Recruited for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the unprecedented age of 18, Bokaer pursued a parallel degree in Visual & Media Studies at The New School (2003-2007), where he received the Joan Kirnsner Memorial Award. Additional studies in media and performance occurred at Parsons School of Design, NYU Performance Studies, and through self-taught explorations into digital media and 3D animation: such studies led to the development of a rare, multi-disciplinary approach to choreography, addressing the human body in relation to contemporary technologies.

Under the leadership Bokaer in 2002, a group of artists and choreographers formed Chez Bushwick, an adventurous arts organization that has significantly impacted a new generation of dance artists, choreographers, and performers in the United States, and beyond. Founding artists developed a series of public programs that have become emblematic of a new way of working in New York City: across borders, across disciplines, employing variable aesthetic signatures, and overturning divisions between choreographer, curator, producer, and audience member. Bokaer is also a Co-Founder of CPR — Center for Performance Research in collaboration with John Jasperse/Thin Man Dance.

Rehearsals at Le Phare from March 4th to 14th 2012
Creation on September 5th to 9th 2012 for the openning of Salle Fisher in the Brooklyn Academy of Music
Representations on January 25th 2013 at Le Volcan during Pharenheit Festival

Conception : Jonah Bokaer
Light design :
Antony McCall
Music design :
David Grubbs
: Tal Adler, CC Chang, Sara Procopio, Adam H. Weinert. 

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