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. Lane Gifford explores the formation and execution of a meaningful movement vocabulary that grows from rigorous physical investigations and a process of exchange and collaboration with other artists. A landscape consisting of charged movement conversations and in-depth interchange, are the focus. Lane Gifford currently is a Wingspan Arts teaching artist, offering multi-arts movement classes to children in New York City’s public school system. Her mission: ignite the imagination and use the arts as a collective voice.
Ms. Gifford first learned to 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 and Women in Dance Project/Ailey Citigroup Theater. 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 and a collaborative work for Ballet Nouveau Colorado and Redline Gallery/2011. Upcoming events: commissioned new work /Joffrey Ballet School (Contemporary Division)/2015, residency/The Freight Project 2015 and LaneCoArts at University Settlement, presented by “Performance Project at University Settlement”/December 2015. Lane Gifford is one of the co-founders of REVERBdance, a yearly dance festival taking place in New York City.
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 the vital area where dance meets the visual arts, drama, design and music. Awards include: 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). LaneCoArts is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.