Jeff Friedman is a dancer and choreographer with a Ph.D. in dance history and theory from the University of California. He specializes in oral history interviewing methods, focusing on documenting and preserving the life-stories of dance community members. Jeff was a Fulbright Senior Research and Teaching Fellow in Frankfurt, Germany in 2010, has published in the U.K., Germany, Spain, Korea and New Zealand, where he was guest senior lecturer at the University of Auckland in 2005, and has performed his lecture "The Eros of Oral History" in Hamburg, Leipzig and Frankfurt, Germany; the Silesian Dance Festival in Bytom, Poland; Coventry and Roehampton Universities, England; Auckland and Victoria Universities, New Zealand; Calgary and York Universities, Canada; and throughout the U.S. His collection of dance oral histories at the San Francisco Museum of Performance & Design celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012.
Jeffrey FriedmanAssistant Professor
Mason Gross School of the Arts
Documentary-based performance; cross-cultural issues in oral history; dance history, including pre-historic dance, Greek/Roman dance, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque dance; romantic ballet; Diaghilev and the Russian Ballet; Isadora Duncan and the foremothers of modern dance; German modern dance; avante-garde dance in the 1960s and 70s.