Jordana Che Toback is a choreographer director and dancer whose work and collaborations span and transcend genre, from the classicist whimsy of Mark Morris, to the art-tronica of Fischerspooner, to the sensual post modernism of her own POON Productions ensemble. Her repertoire of evening length Dance Theatre pieces have been produced by PS122, FringeNYC, HERE, Dixon Place and Dance New Amsterdam, while her infamous ‘sexy dance’ shows have been presented at nightclubs, art galleries and private events throughout New York City. Her triptych of solos combining movement, song and Shakespearean text with her own taut, personal anecdotes has been produced at PS122, HERE, LA’s 2100 SQ FT and Movement Research and was awarded a grant from the NEA.
A California native, Toback began her choreographic tutelage as a teenager under the guidance of the modern dance legend, Bella Lewitzky. After graduating from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA (though she almost got kicked out for daring to make dances to rock music), she was invited to join Mark Morris Dance Group, touring internationally with visionary enfant terrible Mark Morris, from Brooklyn to Brussels to the East Asia. Toback was then commissioned by the electronica/rock band Fischerspooner to stage their live show. As the original choreographer of this group she created the signature cabaret disco dance style that would help catapult Fischerspooner from the NYC art scene to Capitol Records, Ibiza and beyond. She then returned to her downtown roots with commissions to stage Operettas Accidental Nostalgia and Must Don’t Whip ‘Um for Cynthia Hopkins, The Bacchae at Harvard’s A.R.T and NYU, and Mankynde The Musical at FringeNYC, all of which toured extensively and received many accolades and awards (Bessies, Obies, you name it). Toback has also worked with such influential directors as Leslie Dektor, Wayne Wang and Michel Gondry on commercials and films, and has consulted on styling and staging movement for photo shoots, album covers and editorials with such lauded photographers as Juergen Teller, Todd Eberle, Antony Nagelmann and fashion pioneer Terry Richardson.
In 2001, Toback and her husband, composer Tom Rossi, established their company, POON Productions, which currently offers site specific POON performances for events all over NYC. Toback and her band of classically trained dancers perform dances at a variety of private functions, for example, tripping the light fantastic at Broadway's Best Buy Theatre for DJ Danny Tenaglia's 50th Birthday celebration, hustling to their hearts content at Patricia Field's Valentines Day Ball, and shaking their way across Brooklyn's Pier 5 for Mayor Bloomberg and many of the city's political elite. On the cutting edge of dance and fashion, Toback continues to develop her singular vision melding rock and roll, couture and high art as a back drop for her evocative dance language. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband/collaborator Tom Rossi, their daughter Una, and their troupe of beautiful but dance-free cats.