Jen Rosenblit

Weds, Feb 4th from 11-1:30pm at the New Museum

WE HAVE DISTANCE: a workshop on touching, being touched, seeing people being touched and touching others and all the problems that occur.

I have been very interested in thinking about matter and bodies, not just human bodies but all things as bodies. Floor as body, clothes as body, objects as body, space around my body as body. I have been wondering about the potential for relating to other bodies not just as human body, but maybe as a kind of object body. Taking the reality of matter seriously, I am interested in placing it as content. What does it take to see each other, not become one and not remain 2 isolated and separate things? How can the idea of body and matter not just translate but transcend moments of touch? How long do we have to sit inside of the uncomfortable, the silly, the unwanted, the very much wanted and desired areas of touching someone else and being touched?

Photo: Guadalupe Rosales


Jen Rosenblit has been making dances and teaching workshops on improvisation, choreography and performance in New York City since 2005. Rosenblit has worked with Young Jean Lee(Untitled Feminist Show), Ryan McNamara(MEEM), Yvonne Meier(The Shining), Sasa Asentic(On Trail Together) and currently, Simone Aughterlony(Uni-Form) based in Zurich. Rosenblit was a 2009 Fresh Tracks Artist(Dance Theater Workshop), recipient of the 2012 Grant to Artists and a 2014 Emergency grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a 2013 Fellow at Insel Hombroich(Germany), an inaugural recipient of THE AWARD, a 2014-2015 workspace artist through LMCC and a 2014 recipient of a New York Dance and Performance “bessies” award as emerging choreographer for her work, a Natural dance, which premiered at The Kitchen in May 2014. Rosenblit has been a teaching artist at Bowdoin College, Hollins University, Bard, Tisch, Roger Williams and Bennington and has done lecture demonstrations surrounding the queer body and performance at both Yale and Harvard. Rosenblit's Lunch N Lecture was curated by BODEGA at the ICA, Philadelphia, as part of their First Among Equals series. Rosenblit was in residence at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts through FD13 and looks forward to residency time at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa as well as TanzHaus Zurich for the creation of a new work to premiere in NYC in 2016. Recent works focus on an improvisational approach to choreographic thought and ways of structuring bodies as they fall out of relation aesthetically and spiritually while still locating ways of being together.