Underground River, winner of a 1998 Bessie Award as a "risk-taking and profound theatrical tour de force," is an exploration of the rich fantasy life of a girl who appears to the outside world to be unconscious. Singing a cappella songs by Toshi Reagon and interacting with the magical visual creations of puppeteer Basil Twist, the dancers dwell in a world of magic realism and eccentric beauty unseen by those who wish to make her "well."

Underground River has been presented at

Jacob's Pillow
The Joyce
Dance Theatre Workshop
The Bates Dance Festival

"Mr. Twist's tiny cloth puppet and the energetic dancers who occasionally manipulate it help turn a fantasy into a telling comment on rebellious inner voices that perhaps not just the comatose hear." - Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times

"The gentle movements, patronizing tone of the psychiatrist's voice, toy-like flying fishes and the wee marionette the dancers charmingly manipulate fashion a touching child-like ambience. The dancers sing and move with a bouyance that is almost magical, they seem to transform the hard-surfaced floor into a pillowy cloud and hold the audience within their web." - Backstage



Photo: Donna Ann McAdams

Conceived and Directed by Jane Comfort
Choreography by Jane Comfort in collaboration with the Company
Text: Jane Comfort
Music: Toshi Reagon, Haydn and traditional folk song
Visual Effects: Basil Twist
Costumes: Liz Prince
Lighting: David Ferri
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