“Jane Comfort Unvarnished America” promo
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Jane Comfort’s work “touches on a broad swath of social issues she’s grappled with through her art”
– Martha Sherman, DanceLog.NYC
“This artist has a brilliant grasp of choreographic composition, as well as a social conscience, and a wicked sense of humor.”
– DanceEnthusiast, Robert Johnson
“Such a performance” with “ongoing discomfort with gender and racial inequality, political, chicanery, secrecy, hypocrisy, and more.”
– Deborah Jowitt, Art Journal
“elegant, organic modern dance; word, gesture, and rhythm play; and social satire or political commentary”
– Susan Yung, Brooklyn Rail
Beauty “…is mind-bending.”
– Robert Johnson, New Jersey Arts
“[BESSIE awarded Underground River] is an absolutely glorious exploration of the conscious and unconscious minds, full of humor and whimsical touches as well as an underlying sadness.”
– Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
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“…who amongst us hasn’t flown with Superman or fallen out the humdrum into the arms of Rhett Butler? But what happens when possibilities offered on screen seem more enticing than the ones in real life?”
– Sarah Carlson, OFFOFFOFF.com
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“Faith Healing is intimate, quiet, at times thrilling.”
– Susan Yung, Sunday Arts Blog
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“The Glass Menagierie script has it own powerful magic. Comfort’s tactful humor and her glosses on the text do not diminish that, but can make it even more poignant.”
– Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice
“Mark your calendar next time Comfort has a New York engagement, particularly if it’s An American Rendition”
– Susan Yung, Sunday Arts
“A penetrating new evening-length dance-theatre work,…An American Rendition is dark, biting satire of the ilk that’s so brilliantly constructed that it makes you laugh out loud while feeling almost sick inside as you gradually realize the true horror of what you’re laughing at.”
– Lisa Jo Sagolla, Backstage.com: The Actor’s Resource
“Aided by her splendid colleagues Joan La Barbara (music), Steve Miller (visual design), David Ferry (lighting), Jung-eun Kim (video projection design) and Liz Prince (costumes), Comfort stiches her disparate materials together with almost faultless theatrical skill.”
– Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice
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“The guiding spirits behind the theater of mixed forms are often choreographers….and Jane Comfort is one of the most fertile minds in this genre.”
– Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times
“In addition to how expertly she works in a multidisciplinary format, [Underground] River is a testament to Comfort’s inventive use of text as a sound score.”
– Anna Rogovoy, The Rogovoy Report
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In celebration of the company’s 40th anniversary, Jane Comfort and Company has created a touring show featuring a retrospective of Comfort’s seminal political works tackling issues of race, gender equality, hypocrisy, bigotry, and US military torture protocols, along with documentary videos drawing from the company’s archives titled “Jane Comfort’s Unvarnished America.” This touring show presents a true cross-section of our country’s recent culture wars. The evening’s selection of work acknowledges America’s strength lies in its diversity and that a compassionate view toward those unlike ourselves is the true basis of America’s greatness. The performance is 1 hour and 45 in length with intermission and features live performances from 8 dances spanning 1978 to 2018 interspersed with archival footage and interviews with Comfort.
Jane Comfort and Company creates dance theater works that push the intersection of movement and language to a new form of theater. Called by the New York Times “a postmodernist pioneer in the use of verbal material in dance,” artistic director Jane Comfort addresses contemporary social and cultural issues with compassion and wit. The company is an extraordinary group of dancers, actors and singers whose multiple talents allow Jane Comfort to create deeply layered works utilizing a wide range of theatrical elements, from pure dance to chanted texts, a capella singing, film, lip-syncing, cross dressing, acted scenes and puppetry. The company creates theater in which transformation occurs through many voices.
Since 1982 the company has performed its innovative works throughout the United States, in Europe and Latin America for both dance and theater audiences. Jane Comfort and Company has been presented by such venues as Lincoln Center, The Joyce Theater, PS 122, Dance Theater Workshop, and Off Broadway at Classic Stage Company in NYC, The American Center in Paris, Antwerp’s Dance/USA Festival, Brasil’s Londrina International Festival of the Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, The American Dance Festival, Actors Theater of Louisville, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Diverse Works, the Baltimore Art Museum and many universities and colleges across the country.
JANE COMFORT is a choreographer, writer, and director known for issue-oriented works integrating text and movement. Since 1978 she has created over 50 dance/theater works, most of them evening-length, that have been presented throughout the United States, in Europe, and in Latin America. Recent works include Beauty, a dance theater work about the cultural pressures surrounding women’s physique, attire, and appearance; An American Rendition, commissioned by NPN and NYSCA and voted a Best of 2008 Performance by both WNET Sunday Arts and Gay City News; Fleeting Thoughts, commissioned and produced by Danspace Project, with live music by Joan La Barbara, as well as commissioned new works for Ballet Memphis, Jeanne Ruddy Dance, Headwaters Dance, Rhode Island College and G2 Dance in Brazil.
She received a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship for the creation of a new dance work, Beauty, a BESSIE Award for Underground River, a Collaboration Award from the Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts and Media in 2006 for her collaboration with composer Joan La Barbara on Fleeting Thoughts, a Doris Duke Award for New Work through The American Dance Festival, and a Habie Award for distinguished service to the arts from the University of North Carolina in 2003. She has received 15 NEA fellowships and grants (1979 to 2012), four National Performance Network commissions, multiple NY State Council on the Arts grants over 20 years as well as support from Department of Cultural Affairs, Creative Capital, NY Foundation for the Arts, American Music Center, Mary Flagler Cary Foundation, Meet the Composer, Fund for US Artists , BUILD, Altria, Arts International, La Red, New England Foundation for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund, JP Morgan, Harkness Foundation, Bossak/Heilbron, and other organizations.
Website: Jane Comfort & Company
Digital Press Kit: Jane Comfort and Company Press Kit
Information for Altiplano: Altiplano, Jan 2016 (PDF)
Beauty Residency Outline: Jane Comfort Beauty Residency (PDF)
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