This piece is about a young girl trapped in a coma. Jane Comfort conceived the idea after recovering from a spinal operation and uses it as a metaphor for the life of an artist. Four dancers represent the protagonist and in the end she reclaims her artistic self.
Watch the first portion of the performance. The music is created by Toshi Reagon and Hayden. (Credits)
Watch as four dancers work together to manipulate a puppet.
Continue watching the performance. Speakers pipe in sounds from doctors and parents.
Watch the performance. Speakers pipe in sounds from the doctors and parents. One by one the dancers refuse to participate.
Watch the conclusion of the performance. The dancers continue to dance as the stage lights dim.
Credits: Jane Comfort: Alive and Kicking
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This program presents excerpts from Underground River choreographer/director Jane Comfort’s innovative dance-theater work about a girl in a coma. This work features 4 performers who dance, sing, and manipulate a fascinating puppet designed by master puppeteer Basil Twist. The work, which is performed to an original score by Toshi Reagon, won a 1998 New York Dance and Performance Award. With an excerpt from a interview with the artist.
Length: 31 minutes
Copyright date: ©1998
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