Lane Gifford is artistic director of LaneCoArts, a New York based multi-arts company that examines the intersecting relationship between dance, theater and the visual arts. The mission of the company is to create a rich and dynamic dialogue that fuses a distinctive movement aesthetic, deep emotional exploration and stimulating visual and dramatic components. In her dance theater works, choreographer Lane Gifford explores the concept of communication in today’s technologically driven world through a self-referential process of collaboration with other artists where the juxtaposed creative languages, engender a process of essential interchange, communication and cross-pollination. In a complex digital landscape, her physical narrative works, aim to compel audiences towards thoughtful responses that might affect ways they too might “communicate” today. The goal is to connect with today’s audience through meaningful social commentary and physically charged dance dramas. LaneCoArts working methods involve a strong collaborative ethic that includes improvisational and dramatic movement investigations and active relationships with composers, visual artists and filmmakers.
Design plays a central role in the overall shaping of these compositions. All aspects, from specifically crafted costumes to unusual props and backdrops, are textured into the overall fabric of Ms. Gifford’s movement conversations
Lane Gifford currently is a Wingspan Arts teaching artist, offering multi-arts movement classes to children in New York City’s public school system. She also has taught dance in several institutions including University of Kansas and her own summer creative arts program. Her mission as an educator: ignite the imagination of children and young adults and use the arts as a collective voice.
Ms. Gifford first studied dance at The Boston Conservatory in Boston, MA. She received a BFA in dance performance and an MFA specializing in choreography from The Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. In 2006 she founded LaneCoArts. Performances include: Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, Dixon Place, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Triskelion Arts, Le Poisson Rouge, New York Theater Workshop, the 92nd St. Y, Judson Church/STUFFED, Dance Theater Workshop/DANCENOW, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Boston Center For The Arts/Mills Gallery Performance, Dance New Amsterdam RAW Directions, American Dance Guild, ITE Dance Festival, Women in Dance Project/Ailey Citigroup Theater The Freight Project Residency/Performance and LaneCoArts presented by Performance Project at University Settlement/2015. Commissioned projects include Boston Center for the Arts/Dance Resident Artist Program/2015, a 2014 commission for Fellowship Recipient Kari Mosel (McKnight Artist Fellowship for Dancers, SOLO Program), a Choreographic Fellowship at the University of Kansas/Department of Dance/2014, a residency and new creation for Southern Utah University/2012 & 2013, a collaborative work for Ballet Nouveau Colorado and Redline Gallery/2011, creative residency, a commissioned new work for Joffrey Ballet School (Contemporary Division)/2015, Bryant Park Festival 2016, and Northeast Choreographer Residency 2016. Lane Gifford was a finalist in the Western Michigan University 2015 National Choreography Competition. Upcoming events 2016-17: Boston Center for the Arts/Mills Gallery Residency and Dance Place in Washington DC. Lane Gifford is a co-founder of REVERBdance, a yearly dance festival taking place in NYC.
Awards include: Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation for Dance Place performances (Special Presenters Initiative program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities) Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Grant, Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant, Building Up Infrastructure Levels for Dance (BUILD) Grant, Professional Incentive Award (Columbia University), Outstanding MFA Award (Purchase College) and French Cultural Service/Government Grant (Paris, France).
Education: Purchase College (MFA – Choreography & Dance Education/2004), Purchase College (BFA - Dance)
LaneCoArts is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Board of Directors
Ellen T. White
Beth D. Tractenberg
Robert G. Doerr
Jay O. Sanders