Choreographed by Jane Comfort Presented in association with Lumberyard
Jane Comfort and Company celebrates 40 years of making dance with an Anniversary Retrospective concert. Twenty-three former and current company members gather to recreate excerpts of works spanning from 1978 to 2018, including such favorites as the provocative take on the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings from S/He, scenes from the Bessie award-winning Underground River, archival videos and much more. This performance contains brief nudity.
Jane Comfort: Artistic Director Joe Levasseur: Lighting Design Lianne Arnold: Video Design Alexandra Nikolchev: Documentary Video Liz Prince: Costume Design
Jane Comfort is a choreographer, writer and director known for issue-oriented works integrating text and movement. Since 1978 she has created over 60 dance/theater works, most of them evening-length, that have been presented throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. 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.
Her company, Jane Comfort and Company, is an extraordinary group of dancers, actors and singers whose multiple talents allow her to create deeply layered works utilizing a wide range of theatrical elements. The Village Voice said, “Few of Comfort’s peers who are into dance drama have her gift for melding singing, vocalizing, speech and movement into an inseparable whole...Words, music and movement seethe together; united, their rhythms whirl the morsels of meaning into life stories.” The company creates theater in which transformation occurs through many voices.
LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts is the only organization in the United States dedicated to providing technical residencies that culminate in out-of-town premieres. LUMBERYARD’s work ensures that artists receive sufficient technical support for their new works, theaters benefit by presenting work that is ready for the public and audiences see adventurous and technically exciting new work.