Jonah Bokaer, USA

Jonah Bokaer x Daniel Arsham

Original Score by Pharrell Williams

Arranged and Co-composed by David Campbell

Cast: Jonah Bokaer, Albert Drake, Laura Gutierrez, James Koroni, Callie Lyons, James McGinn, Szabi Pataki, Sara Procopio, Betti Rollo

Duration: 105 minutes

Rules Of The Game is a performance created by choreographer Jonah Bokaer, with visual artist Daniel Arsham, and an original score by Pharrell Williams. This multidisciplinary collaboration with eight dancers was the first joint collaboration between Arsham, Bokaer and Williams. The project premiered in Dallas, Texas on May 17, 2016, as part of SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival and has toured to the Brisbane Powerhouse, Lyon Biennale de la dance, BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House, UCLA’s Royce Hall, and the Krannert Center.

Bokaer and Arsham developed a choreographic language correlating dance, movement and set design. Williams created an original score recorded exclusively by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as arranged and co-composed by David Campbell.


Jonah Bokaer has been active as a choreographer and exhibiting artist since 2002. The creator of 55 works in a wide variety of media (dances, videos, drawings, motion capture works, interactive installations, mobile applications, and film), Bokaer’s work has been produced in venues around the world, including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Festival d’Avignon, Spoleto Festival, La Triennale di Milano, and SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival.

Bokaer has performed at the Guggenheim Museum, P.S.1 MoMA, and The New Museum in New York City. He founded Chez Bushwick in 2002, and co-founded CPR – Center for Performance Research with John Jasperse in 2008.

Bokaer has collaborated with artists including Lynda Benglis, Anne Carson, Merce Cunningham, Robert Gober, Anthony McCall, Tino Sehgal, Lee Ufan (Guggenheim Retrospective 2011), and Robert Wilson. As choreographer for Robert Wilson, he has completed 6 operas including Faust (Polish National Opera), Aïda (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma), and On The Beach (Baryshnikov Arts Center). Bokaer has collaborated with Daniel Arsham on nine full-length works since 2007.

In 2015 he received the United States Artists Fellowship in Choreography, was named a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow in Choreography, and in 2016 won Italy’s Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, in the Visual Arts category. In 2016, he was confirmed as one of the Resident Fellows at NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts.