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IMPRESSIONS: Jane Comfort and Company's 40th Anniversary Retrospective at La Mama

April 18, 2018

From the start, it’s all about family at Jane Comfort and Company’s 40th Anniversary Retrospective. In the opening film, For the Spider Woman (1979-1980), Comfort casually leaps and scampers as each clip charts her pregnancy with her son, Gardiner. Her belly gets bigger; her movements grow slower; until, at the end, she clutches the baby to her chest while she slowly rocks from foot to foot.

 

When she bows, Comfort does so with Gardiner, now a man nearing forty — an explicit hint at the retrospective’s purpose. While it superficially celebrates Comfort’s oeuvre, it also acts as her tribute to her many collaborators, whom she calls her family.

 

The show has a breathless feel, four decades of art and ambition stuffed into two hours. Interspersed among . . .

 

TO READ THE BALANCE OF MY REVIEW, PLEASE VISIT THE DANCE ENTHUSIAST.

 

THREE MINUTES TO READ.

 

 

 Jane Comfort and Company in Amazing Grace. Photo by Robert Altman.

 

 

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