Category Archives: Dance

Jane Comfort and Company 2/14-16/2013

The Department of Music and Dance at Swarthmore College and the William J. Cooper Foundation will present JANE COMFORT AND COMPANY on Friday, February 15th, 2013 at 8PM in the Swarthmore College Lang Performing Arts Center Pearson Hall Theatre. Here at Swarthmore her company presents two works:  Beauty and Underground River.  Beauty is a provocative dance theater piece that explores the American notion of female beauty through the lens of Barbie. The performance includes a Barbie beauty contest and an intimate encounter between Barbie and Ken. Underground River, described as a “risk-taking and profound theatrical tour de force,” is an exploration of the rich fantasy life of a girl who appears to be unconscious. Singing a cappella songs by Toshi Reagon and interacting with the magical visual creations of master puppeteer Basil Twist, the dancers dwell in a world of magic realism and eccentric beauty unseen by those who wish to make her “well.”

For the last 25 years, JANE COMFORT has created critically acclaimed, socially conscious dance theater. She has been on the front lines of dissent against the loss of gains for social justice since the Reagan revolution. JANE COMFORT is a choreographer, writer, and director based in New York City. She began creating her own interdisciplinary work in 1978, and has since created more than 45 original dance theatre works for Jane Comfort and Company. She has been produced throughout the United States, and in Europe and Latin America, and has been cited as “one of the most original choreographers on the downtown scene” by The Village Voice. Noted for her use of language, Comfort has been described as “far ahead of the curve” in experimenting with the intersection of text and movement.

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.

JANE COMFORT AND COMPANY will also host a Master Class in the LPAC Troy Dance Studio (LPAC 002) on Thursday, February 14th from 4:30 – 6:00PM and a Workshop on Saturday, February 16th from 1:00 – 4:00 PM in the LPAC Troy Dance Studio (LPAC 002). These events are free and open to interested students, but please contact Professor Kim Arrow ( at x8670 or email our administrative office at

Congratulations class of 2012!

And best wishes as you venture forth into the world outside of Swarthmore and the beyonds.

Looking forward to hearing more about your future endeavors.
–The faculty and staff of LPAC, the Dance Program, and the Department of Theater

The Phoenix Notes Swarthmore Alumni in the 2011 Fringe Festival!

Swarthmore alums are well represented in the Fringe including Pig Iron Theatre Company (Dito van Reigersberg and Quinn Baureidel ’94 and Dan Rothenberg’95) and Tangle, a circus arts company founded by Lauren Rile Smith ’08.

2005 alums at the Philly Fringe 2011

Hannah de Keijzer

mostly practical
people spark and tumble. an
awkward puzzle solved.

Dances from Philly and New York, appropriate for all ages – A Vegan Kids Dance for Adults with Nudity: join Green Chair Dance Group, Gabrielle Revlock and devynn emory for an evening of dance!

Friday, September 9  – 10PM
Saturday, September 10  – 2PM
Sunday, September 11 – 7PM

Mascher Space
155 Cecil B. Moore
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Running Time: approximately 75 minutes
Sliding scale tickets $15-18 ($12 for anyone who can plead their case)
Box Office: For tickets, contact the Festival Box Office at (215) 413-1318 or visit

Investigate our latest, We are practical people – practical, complicated, vulnerable – we solve body puzzles like we’ve never heard the word awkward.
Brash and adventurous, we fold in on ourselves; share secrets; flip upside down; and build spontaneous, lush architectures that eddy and dissolve.
Gabrielle Revlock will join the tumble with A Fork and Stick Thing – a dance inspired by birds striving to be human with music entirely composed of words.
devynn emory will also spiral into the mix with My Child November – a collaboration with vocalist/performer Margot Bassett and dancer Meghan Milam.



Summer 2011

Enjoy the summer and stay tuned for Swarthmore Project updates!

Also, be sure to look for recent grads and Swarthmore alums at the Philly Live-Arts + Fringe in August and September!


Swarthmore artists at the LiveArts-Philly Fringe 2010!

Swarthmore theater and dance alumni, faculty, and staff are again strongly represented in this year’s Philadelphia LiveArts-Fringe Festival, running September 3-18, 2010.

Those participating include:

Telephone Bronco Theater Company makes their collective debut with the world premiere of CARTOGORAPHASIA, created by the company on campus this summer with the support of the Swarthmore Project in Theater.  Company members include Nell Bang-Jensen ’11, Jessica Bear ’08, Emma Ferguson ’10, Sam Goodman ’10, Eric Holzhauer ’10, Louis Jargow ’10, and Isa St. Clair ’11.

Performances at Circle of Hope, 1125 S. Broad Street.

September 3, 4, 10, 11. (Fringe Festival).

The Groudswell Players will make their collective debut with the world premiere of HOW TO SOLVE A BEAR.  The company includes Jesse Paulsen ’09 and Emma Ferguson ’10.

Performed at the Mainstage at the Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom Street.

September 4, 6, 9, 12, 17 (Fringe Festival).

Director and digital media designer Lars Jan ’00 is collaborating with choreographer Nichole Canuso on the world premiere of a dance-theater piece TAKES, by the Nichole Canuso Dance Company.  Performing in the piece is Dito van Reigersberg ’94 (of Pig Iron Theatre Company).  Technical and lighting direction by LPAC Staff Office member Dave Todaro.  TAKES was supported in part by the Swarthmore Project in Theater.

Performances at Theater West at The Hub, (SW corner of 5th Street and Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties).

September 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 17, 18  (LiveArts Festival).

Playwright and actor Adriano Shaplin (part-time instructor of playwriting in the Department of Theater) performs in the world premiere of his latest play FREEDOM CLUB, a collaboration between his company The Riot Group and Philadelphia’s New Paradise Laboratories.

Performances at the Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad Street (corner of South Street).

September 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 (LiveArts Festival).

Pig Iron Theatre Company is presenting the world premiere of their latest production, CANKERBLOSSOM, directed by Dan Rothenberg ’95.

Performances at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street (near 2nd & Market Streets).

September 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 (LiveArts Festival).

Dance faculty member and choreographer Jumatatu Poe ’04 is presenting the world premiere of his piece UNSTUCK on a double bill with choreographer Eun Jung Choi.

Performances at the Live Arts Studio, 919 N. 5th Street (at Poplar Street in Northern Liberties).

September 11, 12 (Live Arts Festival).

Green Chair Dance Group is performing in GRAVITY THEATER, a collaboration with InMovement Dance and Amanda Varone.  Green Chair Dance Group consists of Sarah Gladwin-Camp ’05, John Beauregard ’05, Greg Holt ’05, and Hannah de Keijzer ’06.

Performances at InMovement Studio, 737 S. 8th Street (South Philadelphia).

September 15, 16.

Greg Holt ’05 is performing in the world premiere of choreographer Brian Sanders’ SANCTUARY, presented by his company Junk.

Performances at Theater East at The Hub (SW corner of 5th Street and Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties).

September 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 (LiveArts Festival)

Additional information about these and the many other performances in the LiveArts-Fringe program this year can be found in hard copies of the festival guide that are available in the LPAC Lower Lobby (outside the LPAC Staff Office) or by going to

Tickets can be bought any time on line by going to the festival website and selecting “Shows”.  The festival box office will be open starting August 23 at The Hub (at the SW corner of 5th and Fairmount Streets) in Northern Liberties.