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Talks

  • Monaco Dance Forum 2002 & 2004
  • Ecological Society of America Conference 2007
  • American Physical Society 2010
  • CUNY Communicating Science through the Performing Arts 2010
  • BLUEMiND Summit at CAS 2011
  • Dance USA’s 20/20 Vision Series 2012
  • Bay Area Science Festival 2012
  • Turtle Island Restoration Network, Marin 2012
  • TEDxBerkeley, Zellerbach Hall 2012
  • Black Hills State University, SD 2012
  • The Dahl Arts Center, Rapid City, SD 2012
  • TEDxBRC 2012
  • The Hive 2013
  • Science and Literature Conference, U of Utah 2014
  • Project Commotion 2014
  • BLUEMiND Book Launch 2014
  • The Battery 2014

JODI LOMASK
Artistic Director

Lomask sees the world as an amalgam of seemingly contradictory, yet synergistic perspectives. The daughter of a biomedical research engineer and a visual artist, Lomask spent her childhood going to laboratories and gallery openings. She weaves these two worlds into the tapestry of her work, creating highly visual, biological images and rhythms. 

Upon founding Capacitor in 1997, Jodi Lomask began exploring non-traditional combinations of arts and sciences through movement. Under her artistic direction, Capacitor created works that tackle the past and future of reproduction (futurespecies 2000), Earth's duet with the Universe (Within Outer Spaces 2001), the heroism and fantasy of video gaming (Avatars 2002), the visible and invisible layers of the Earth (Digging in the Dark 2004), symbiotic relationships in the forest (biome 2007), the beauty and sexuality of flowers (The Perfect Flower 2009), and the ocean's vital forces (Okeanos 2012).

Lomask designs movement structures out of steel, bungee, fiberglass, and wood. Her choreography unites unique characters, innovative performance devices, with distinctive movement textures for Capacitor's signature synthesis of visual magic and raw athleticism. Defined by a sculptural approach to the body, costuming, and props, her inventive choreographic solutions emerge from problems born of conceptual, physical, and spatial parameters. Lomask has created performance concepts for the World Showcase and Future World in Disney's Epcot Center and has consulted for IDEO.

Lomask has been commissioned to create original works for NASA, TED, SFO, Computers and Structures, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Salvadorian Olympic Gymnastics Team. She has collaborated with world-renowned research scientists to create original dance works that draw attention to critical environmental issues.

Awards

NEA, 2013 & 2014
SF Grants for the Arts, 2000-2014
SF Arts Commission Grant, 2013 & 2014
Kenneth Rainin Foundation, 2012
Doris Duke Charitable Fund with CounterPulse, 2013
Zellerbach Family Fund, 1998-2013
Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund, 2012 & 2013
The McElwee Family Fellowship, 2014
The Dale Djerassi Fellowship, 2008
Altria Group, 2007 & 2008
Together Green, 2008
Djerassi Artist Colony, 2008 & 2014
Yaddo Artist Colony, 2005 & 2006
CHIME Mentorship with Joanna Haigood, 2003
LEF, 2002
California Arts Council, 2002 & 2003
American Composers' Forum, 2000
Theater Bay Area, 1999

 

Background

A 1996 cum laude graduate of the dance conservatory at SUNY Purchase, Lomask has trained at the Royal Ballet Academy, Merce Cunningham Studio, London Contemporary Dance School, the Rotterdam Dansacademie, L' Espace Catastrophe, and Jacob's Pillow. She has performed with Project Bandaloop, Kneejerk, Erica Essner Performance Co-op, Zaccho Dance Theatre, and Capacitor and has taught workshops and classes in modern dance technique at universities across the United States. 

She was a dance and technology specialist at the Monaco Dance Forum in 2002 and 2004 and an invited speaker at the Ecological Society of America conference in 2007, the American Physical Society in 2010, CUNY's Communicating Science through the Performing Arts in 2010, the BLUEMiND Summit at CAS in 2011 and the Bay Area Science Festival, the Turtle Island Restoration Network, TEDxBerkeley, Black Hills State University, the Dahl Arts Center in 2012, and the Science and Literature Conference at the University of Utah in 2014. Her work has been covered by Nature Magazine, The Smithsonian Magazine, Fast Company, Wired.com, Res Magazine, SHIFT Magazine, NBC 11’s Tech NOW!, CNET Radio, TECH TV, NPR, Dance Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, The New York Times, among other media outlets. She appeared in National Geographic's 'Wild Chronicles' with canopy tree ecologist Dr. Nalini Nadkarni in 2007.