Faculty Wendell Cooper
Office: Speech and Theatre Building, Room 111
Office Hours: Wednesday 2:00 PM - 5 PM
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.A., George Washington Univ.
Wendell Cooper, founder of Complex Stability, performs as Mx. Oops, a manifestation of Cooper's training in meditation and healing. In this work, multimedia performance and installation are a channel to explore the role of consciousness in the age of new media. Cooper has taught and performed as Mx. Oops throughout the United States and in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Urban dance and rapping, as a part of an emerging global language, have served as a way for him to exchange ideas and philosophies with artists in diverse cultures. This sense of urban dance and electronic music being a transcultural space of inclusion and sharing of information is central to his work.
A certified practitioner of Thai Yoga Massage, Cooper is also trained in various forms of energy healing. Originally from Pittsburgh, he is a graduate of the George Washington University where he studied dance and religion. He is currently in the midst of an Integrated Media Arts MFA at Hunter College, where he formerly taught in the Dance Program. Cooper has toured and performed with Nicholas Leichter Dance, Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Yozmit, and others both nationally and internationally.
His performance work and video installations have been presented at several NYC venues, including: Dance Theater Workshop (Studio Series Artist-in-Residence), Dixon Place, Joyce Soho, The Box, Movement Research, Harlem Stage, Gibney Dance, Roulette, and La Mama ETC. Internationally, Cooper has been in residence at various institutions, including: the Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China; Isadora Festival in Krasnoyarsk, Russia; at the GoDown Center in Nairobi, Kenya as a Cultural Envoy of the U.S. State Department; with Nicholas Leichter Dance at the Dialogue du Corps Festival in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; and most recently with the HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? Collective at the Witte de With Contemporary Art Centre in Rotterdam, Netherlands.