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