Jonah Bokaer | Chez Bushwick

Choreographer and Media Artist Jonah Bokaer has been creating dances for stage, museum, gallery and outdoor spaces throughout the world for the past decade. During that time, he has also created ten videos, three motion capture works, as well as interactive installations, several mobile applications and a film.

The 30 works that he has choreographed have been seen throughout theaters in Belgium, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, India, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Often created to accommodate museum spaces, Bokaer’s dances have been performed in New York City at New Museum; MoMA PS1; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and Museum of Arts and Design. His dances and films have also been seen at MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA); Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (FL); the Musée d’Art Contemporain (Marseille, France); Carré d’Art (Nimes, France ); Maison Jean Vilar (Avignon, France); La Ferme du Buisson (Marne-La-Vallée, France); Palazzo delle Arti (Napoli, Italy); IVAM (Valencia, Spain); and Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen (St. Gallen, Switzerland).

His work with theater / opera artist Robert Wilson includes creating the choreography for Wilson’s operas “FAUST,” performed by the Polish National Opera, “AÏDA” for Teatro dell’Opera di Roma; “Fronteras” at IVAM in Valencia; “KOOL” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City; and “On The Beach” at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City.

Bokaer’s prodigious accomplishments have been recognized with many awards and honors including a Human Rights Award (2000); Joan Kirnsner Memorial Award (2005); Foundation for Contemporary Arts (2005-2006); Passing It On Award, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (2006); Inaugural Gallery Installation Fellowship from Dance Theater Workshop (2007); Finalist: Rolex Mentor / Protégé Initiative in Dance (2007); New York Dance & Performance “Bessie” Award – Special Citation Chez Bushwick (2007); New York Dance & Performance “Bessie” Award– Aaron Copp, Lighting Design (2008); National Dance Access Scholarship from Dance/USA (Mellon Foundation, 2007); Alumni Achievement Award from North Carolina School of the Arts (2009); Rockefeller NYC Cultural Innovation Award (For Chez Bushwick, 2008/9); Bogliasco Foundation Prize Fellowship in Choreography (2011); SACD Prix Noveau Talent Chorégraphique (2011); National Endowment for the Arts (2011, 2012).

He was the first dance artist to be inducted a Young Leader of the French American Foundation (2008-2009) and was among the very few dance artists to ever be recognized with the prestigious Crain’s NY Business “40 Under 40 (2011).