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. 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. The goal is to connect with today’s audience through meaningful social commentary and physically charged dance dramas. 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.
Lane’s 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 the 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, NY International Fringe Festival, Dixon Place, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Triskelion Arts, Le Poisson Rouge, New York Theater Workshop, Boston Center For The Arts residency and performance, Dance New Amsterdam RAW Directions, American Dance Guild, Battery Dance Festival, University Settlement, ITE Festival, The 92st Y, Bryant Park Festival, Dixon Place, Northeast Choreographer Residency, Dance Place (Washington DC), Kaatsbaan International Dance Center Residency, Missouri Valley College Residency and Saint Louis Missouri/Emerson Spring To Dance Festival. Commissioned projects include McKnight Artist Fellowship, University of Kansas Fellowship, Southern Utah University, Ballet Nouveau Colorado/Redline Gallery, iKada Dance Company Commission and Joffrey Ballet School. Lane Gifford was a finalist in Western Michigan University 2015 National Choreography Competition. Current events 2019: Kaatsbaan Residency, Bryant Park Festival and Women in Dance Leadership Conference Performance.
Awards: Richenthal Foundation Grant, 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
Lane Gifford | Christopher Pineau | Margaret Schuette
Daniel Brewer | Robert G. Doerr | Claire Graves | Jay O. Sanders | Beth D. Tractenberg| Cassandra Bednall| David E. Bronston