JODI LOMASK, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
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.
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 was a dance and technology specialist at the Monaco Dance Forum in 2002 and 2004. She was 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, and at TEDxBerkeley in 2012. Her work has been covered by Nature Magazine, 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.
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.
Lomask participated in CHIME, a mentorship program of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company with apparatus dance artist Joanna Haigood. A resident artist at Yaddo Artist Colony in 2005 and 2006 and Djarassi Artist Colony in April 2008, where she received The Dale Djerassi Fellowship.
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 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.