About

CPR – Center for Performance Research was co-founded in 2007 by choreographers Jonah Bokaer and John Jasperse. In 2009, John Jasperse Projects/Thin Man Dance, Inc. and […]

CPR – Center for Performance Research was co-founded in 2007 by choreographers Jonah Bokaer and John Jasperse. In 2009, John Jasperse Projects/Thin Man Dance, Inc. and Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation, Inc. co-purchased a commercial condominium community facility in the first LEED Gold Certified Green building of its kind in Brooklyn, New York. For the past nine years, this 4,000 square-foot arts facility has been the home of CPR.  

CPR is dedicated to supporting the development of new works in contemporary dance and performance. Curated programs focus on rehearsal and residency support, generating time and space for research and dialogue, and providing public presentation opportunities. Over the last decade, CPR has supported more than 1700 artists in the development of dance and performance projects, while exposing local audiences to contemporary artistic process through performances and work-in-progress showings, salon style discussions, and symposia. 

History

CPR is the result of artistic vision and market forces coming together. The two founding organizations’ ongoing commitment to providing outstanding resources to performing artists in order to foster the development, research, and presentation of new work played a central role. This met with the innovative desire on the part of Developer Derek Denckla/Propeller Group and Architect Gregory Merryweather to harness the vibrancy of the real estate market to support the local arts community.  Denckla and Merryweather envisioned a mixed-use residential building—“The Greenbelt”—that would house a non-profit community arts facility on the ground floor. John Jasperse was approached about joining the project; Jasperse subsequently approached Jonah Bokaer | Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation who had previous plans to launch a capital campaign toward the formation of a permanent facility. The resulting partnership formed CPR – Center for Performance Research.  The Greenbelt is a certified L.E.E.D. Gold project, the first private green development to do so in Brooklyn. CPR will bind together a commitment to the sustainability of community arts organizations with the environment of New York City, offering a benchmark approach to urban planning for the arts.

The project also represents something more abstract: artistic freedom. “The belief is that the center is a response to crisis,” Mr. Bokaer said. “The crisis being that it is really hard to live and to make work here.” As Mr. Jasperse put it: “The idea of freedom just has to be at the center of it because it’s just four walls and a door without that. And the other side is that it’s a cooperative endeavor. It’s not just Jonah and me. It’s an entire community of artists that are going to need to engage in this project with an eye toward some kind of mutual responsibility.”
-Gia Kourlas, NYTimes.

Read the full NYTimes report on CPR’s opening here.

Founders

Jonah Bokaer | Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation

Jonah Bokaer, born to Tunisian & American parents, has been active as choreographer & exhibiting artist since 2002. He is the author of 60 works in a wide variety of media including dances, videos, motion capture works, three interactive installations, four mobile applications, and one film, shown in 31 nations, 24 of the United States, and 292 cities. His work has been produced regularly throughout venues in Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cuba, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. With the support of the Ford Foundation’s Freedom of Expression Unit, he has also partnered to bring choreography to areas of the developing world, which traditionally have not enjoyed dance-touring opportunities, enlarging the reach and access of contemporary dance internationally. Recent Prizes include the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in Choreography; USArtists Fellow in Choreography (Ford Foundation); NYU CBA Fellowship (for Royal Ballet of Flanders); Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Visual Arts, Italy), and the National Theatre of Serbia Prize (for Rules Of The Game, 2017).

John Jasperse | Thin Man Dance, Inc.

John Jasperse has been working as a dance artist in New York City since graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 1985. He founded John Jasperse Company, later renamed John Jasperse Projects, in 1989 and has since created seventeen evening-length works through this non-profit structure as well as numerous commissions for other companies including Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, Batsheva Dance Company, and Lyon Opera Ballet.

John Jasperse Projects has been presented in 25 US cities and 29 countries by presenters including Brooklyn Academy of Music, Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts, Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, Walker Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, American Dance Festival, La Biennale di Venezia, Dance Umbrella London, Montpellier Danse, and Tanz im August Berlin. He is the recipient of a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award, two Bessie awards (in 2014 and 2001), and multiple fellowships from US Artists, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Tides/ Lambent Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jasperse is co-founder of CPR—Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, New York. He was appointed as Director of Dance at Sarah Lawrence College beginning in Fall 2016, directing both the undergraduate and graduate M.F.A. Programs.

CPR would also like to thank its founding Board of Directors for their contributions and leadership.

FOUNDING BOARD OF DIRECTORS 
Randall Bourscheidt, Honorary Chair
Jonah Bokaer, President
John Jasperse, Vice President
Phylis Herschenfeld, Treasurer
Michael Mitchell, Secretary

CPR is the thankful recipient of Executive Capital Funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and CPR was realized in partnership with SEEDCO Financial Services, Inc.

CPR respectfully acknowledges that we gather together in Lenapehoking, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Lenape people.