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Press

Altiplano is “so seductive and so cunningly made… Comfort achieves an imaginative metamorphosis like the ones described by Ovid.”

– Robert Johnson, Dance Enthusiast
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“Altiplano hovers and teases at the edges of abstraction, ‘meaning’ shifting among the obvious, the enigmatic, and the hidden. Sometimes that interplay is disorienting, but mostly it draws you into a world that is both unfamiliar yet close to home.”

-Deborah Jowitt, DanceBeat
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“Comfort approaches the subject matter of her dances with gentle humor and nostalgia. Tiptoeing into areas where some may fear to tread.”

– Janine Parker, The Boston Globe

 

“Seeing the work with live audience was a revelation. Gasps and sighs around me conveyed that the facts of the soul-killing self appraisal that has become part and parcel of the beauty trade are not all common knowledge.”

– Derba Cash, The Boston Phoenix

More Press Quotes

Beauty “…is mind-bending.”

– Robert Johnson, New Jersey Arts

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“[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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Repertory

You Are Here is an ode to urban dwellers, the millions of citizens who live on top of each other, participate in the daily pedestrian dance of the sidewalk, street, and transit system, and who are part of a massive improvised narrative. It explores how we interact without looking at or touching each other, how we recharge at home each night, and how we head back onto the city’s stage again each morning, ready for more. You Are Here premiered June 16 – 18, 2016 at the Kitchen, NYC. It was presented by the American Dance Institute in their series ADI/NYC.

Jane Comfort’s newest work is a collaboration with sound designer Brandon Wolcott and lighting designer Joe Levasseur. In a radical departure from her career history of narrative dance theater works, Jane has explored a work generated by visual, kinetic, and sonic ideas rather than a narrative storyline.

The movement references the evolution of animals, social structures, or codes, beginning with a stark landscape and ending with a highly physical and complex group movement climax…  Joe Levasseur’s lighting evokes both nature and machinery and plays with contrasting visions of immensity and containment.  Brandon Wolcott’s sound design explores the relationship between expressionistic experience and the subconscious. The one hour work for seven dancers premiered at La MaMa E.T.C in May, 2015.

Beauty, a dance/theater work exploring the American notion of female beauty and its metamorphosis over the last 50 years. Beauty frames the dialogue of the cultural pressures surrounding women’s physique, attire, and appearance around the quintessential icon of American beauty: Barbie. Beauty addresses the plasticity of a variety of “benign” beauty regimens as well as self-destructive habits such as eating disorders and extreme surgeries. Jane Comfort Beauty Residency (PDF)

Underground River, winner of the Bessie Award as a “risk-taking and profound theatrical tour de force,” is a dance/theater work that explores the rich inner life of a girl who appears to the outer world to be unconscious, or comatose.

Originally produced in 1993 at PS122(NY) and the presented Off-Broadway at the Classic Stage Company (NY), Faith Healing takes the story line of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie as its point of departure. The issues of nostalgia, regret, fantasy, hope, anger, and unrequited love addressed in The Glass Menagerie are given a vivid and fresh examination through Comfort’s perspective of movement and performance theater. Additionally, the play’s themes of fantasy and nostalgia are embodied by multiple escapes into contemporary pop culture.

In 2018 Jane Comfort and Company will celebrate its 40th anniversary, an extraordinary achievement for an experimental downtown New York dance theater company. The company plans a retrospective concert of excerpts from iconic pieces, with past company members participating, and a new work with the current company.

Bios

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 Renditioncommissioned 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.

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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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