S/He (1995)

S/He uses gender and race reversals to take a new look at current events and social attitudes in America. A black female president of the US holds a press conference with the audience while the Clarence Thomas hearings present a black female Senate panel presiding over a white Thomas and Anita Hill. Male and female uses of space and physical vocabulary are turned upside down.

Premiere: The Joyce Theater, New York City – 1995

Concept and Direction: Jane Comfort
Choreography: Jane Comfort and Company
Text: Jane Comfort, testimony from the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings and Company members
Music: Mio Morales, Positive K, James Brown, Sam Cooke, Paul Anka (arranged by Adrian Carr), traditional spiritual, and Company members
Costumes: Liz Prince
Lighting Design: David Ferri

Cast
Nancy Alfaro
José Castro
Jane Comfort
Deborah Jackson
Christina Redd
Joseph Ritsch
Andre Shoals
Edisa Weeks

Funding: Altogether Different Fund for New Works, National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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"Jane Comfort's extravaganza, S/He, shows us what the latest gender wars actually look like when danced and set to music."

--Art Forum

"S/HE gleefully clashes stereotypes and the resulting dissonance is as exciting as it is disturbing. Jane Comfort's vision is Madison Avenue's nightmare"

-- The Baltimore Sun

"Comfort's ideas are brilliant and so is her cast"

-- The Village Voice