LaneCoArts is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
LaneCoArts is a unique blend of dance, theater and 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 narrative components. Through a process of exchange and collaboration with other artists, Lane Gifford explores the formation and execution of a meaningful movement vocabulary that grows from the interfacing of dance with such elements as words, sculptural components and rigorous physical investigations. A landscape that emerges from these thought-provoking artistic alliances, is what Ms. Gifford is seeking. Charged movement conversations, communicating human issues that touch and excite through in-depth physical interchange, are the focus.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, Lane Gifford was born in Massachusetts where she first learned to dance at The Boston Conservatory. She received a BFA in dance performance and an MFA specializing in choreography from The Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. After receiving a French Cultural Service Award from the French government she lived in Paris, where she danced for José Caseneuve and Jean Marc Torres and taught modern and improvisation at the International School of Paris. She has taught creative movement and composition classes at several schools including Purchase College and the School for Ballet Philippines in Manila as well as The JCC in Manhattan, Fieldston School, Ethical Culture and The Puffin Foundation Cultural Forum. She is currently a Wingspan Arts teaching artist. Ms. Gifford founded LaneCoArts in 2005. Performances include: Queens Museum of Art in New York (2005) with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Dance New Amsterdam RAW Material Concert (2008), Inside/Out at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival (2008), the New York International 2008 Fringe Festival, Downtown Dance Festival in New York’s Battery Park (2008/ 2010), Dance Theater Workshop and DanceNow (2008/2009), Puffin Foundation Cultural Forum (2008/2010), American Dance Guild (2009/2011), Dance Gallery (2009), Merce Cunningham Dance Studio (2008/2009), Le Poisson Rouge in New York City (2009), New York Theatre Workshop (2010) work in progress program, the 92nd St. Y (2010-2012) Fridays at Noon, Gershwin Hotel Performance Space (2010), Dixon Place (2011), Baruch Performing Arts Center (2011), Triskelion Arts (2011), REVERBdance APAP (2012-14), Judson Church / STUFFED (2012), Boston Contemporary Dance Festival (2012), Boston Center For The Arts / Mills Gallery (December 2012) and DNA (Dance New Amsterdam) RAW Directions (Jan./Feb. 2013), Triskelion Arts' Collaborations in Dance Festival (2013) and Women in Dance Project (2013). Commissioned projects include a collaborative work for Ballet Nouveau Colorado and Redline Gallery (2011) and a residency and new creation with Southern Utah University (2012 & 2013). Lane Gifford is one of the co-founders and curators of REVERBdance, a yearly dance festival taking place in NYC.
Awards include: 2014 Arts Foundation of Cape Cod grant, 2012 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, 2011 Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant, 2011 Building Up Infrastructure Levels for Dance (BUILD) Grant, Twyla Tharp Residency Award, Telly Award in Design for her work in television, Professional Incentive Award (Columbia University), Outstanding MFA Award (Purchase College) and French Cultural Service/Government Grant (Paris, France). Upcoming events: a Choreographic Fellowship at the University of Kansas, Department of Dance (2014) and a 2014 Commissioned Choreographer for Fellowship Recipient Kari Mosel (McKnight Artist Fellowship for Dancers, SOLO Commissioning Program.)
Seeking ways to examine different artistic languages and expand her compositional skills, Lane Gifford has worked in the television industry for such companies as Sony Music where she designed promotions for artists including Wynton Marsalis, Marc Anthony, Shawn Colvin and John Mellencamp. This experience contributed to artistic director, Lane Gifford’s interarts inquiry into movement and theater and her exploration into the vital area where dance meets the visual arts, drama, design and music. Collaborations include “As We Are,” a 2011 co-production at Baruch Performing Arts Center, with visual artist Mark Mennin (www.markmennin.com) and composer Trevor Gureckis (www.gureckis.com) as a result of a MCAF Grant award. The educational extension of LaneCoArts includes creative process classes for children and adults at several schools in New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey, where Ms. Gifford combines the arts in an engaging multi-arts dialogue about articulation and communication of individual expression. Her mission: ignite the imagination and use the arts as a collective voice.
Board of Directors
Ellen T. White
Robert G. Doerr
Jay O. Sanders