Choreographer Jane Comfort Uses Dance To Address Issues

Choreographer Jane Comfort tackles racism and sexism through dance and, decades after their debut, her pieces are still timely.

“We did that in ’95, so what is that? 23 years ago,” she stated. “Here we are back, bringing it back. Clarence Thomas, Anita Hill right back up there. I’m like, thank you, all you awful man, for making my work so continually relevant.”

Comfort’s work fuses dance and theater with timely issues, starting with her very first concert in 1978.

“I stood in a wide second position and I just went back and forth and I was touching parts of my body. I was trying to reassure myself that if I became a mother, I would still be an artist. I was still there if I became a mother, I would still be an artist, I was still there. And I think also from growing up in the South, where women are — not invisible, but they are visible only in a certain way,” she explained.

Her work has reimagined moments in American history. Her rendition, called “S/He” reverses the actors’ gender and color. The piece will be featured in Comfort’s 40th Anniversary Retrospective, which includes samples of Comfort’s favorite works.