Jack Ferver

Speakers/Presenters

Jack Ferver is a choreographer, writer, performer and teacher who has been creating full-length works since 2007. He has been presented at The Kitchen (NYC), The Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA), PS 122 (NYC), The New Museum (NYC), The Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Diverse Works (Houston, TX), Danspace Project (NYC), Abrons Art Center (NYC), Dixon Place (NYC) and Théâtre de Vanves in France. Shorter and solo works have been presented at MoMA/PS1, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Dance New Amsterdam, LaMaMa E.T.C., The Culture Project, and NP Gallery (all NYC). His work has been written about in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The New Yorker, Artforum, Modern Painters, The Boston Globe and Dance Magazine.

Ferver’s solo "Two Alike," a collaboration with the visual artist Marc Swanson, was presented at Diverse Works in conjunction with The Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston in 2011. The work then premiered in New York at The Kitchen and traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art in conjunction with Summer Stages Dance in Boston in 2012. In 2011 Ferver premiered his duet with Michelle Mola, "Me, Michelle" this at the Museum of Arts and Design as part of Performa 11. It returned as part of American Realness at Abrons Art Center. Ferver’s "Rumble Ghost" premiered at PS 122 in 2010, and was brought back for their COIL Festival in January 2011. His "A Movie Star Needs A Movie" was commissioned by The New Museum in 2009. It was also presented in American Realness at Abrons Art Center and at Théâtre de Vanves in France. He was the first choreographer to be presented at The New Museum with "I Am Trying to Hear Myself" in 2008. He remounted the work at PS 122 in 2009. In 2009 he also premiered his evening length work "Death is Certain" at Danspace Project. In 2008 Ferver premiered "MEAT," his second Mondo Cané! commission from Dixon Place. Ferver’s first Mondo Cané! commission was in 2007 for his first full length work: "When We Were Young And Filled With Fear." As an actor, credits include the upcoming film "Gayby," "Strangers With Candy" (Comedy Central) and numerous other film and theatre projects. His writing has been published in the magazine Novembre. He has curated for Danspace Project, Center for Performance Research and Dance New Amsterdam. He teaches privately as well as at New York University and Bard College, and has set choreography at The Juilliard School.

Jack Ferver’s work has been described as “restless, visceral, and often painful... as sympathetic as it is bitingly corrosive” by Claudia LaRocco of the New York Times. His relentless hunt for the truths about the human psyche are worked out in his performances that use high octane, often violent choreography and exacting scripts moving from confessional monologues to “hyper-real” dialogues. His exploration of the twists and turns of the mind, are explored from the macro, with his continual study of psychology, to the micro, as he draws from his own persona and that of his performers. Through this, the flimsy membrane between the performer and the character they play gives way in front of the audience, as Ferver shows us what we are all capable of with an unflinching eye.

Jack Ferver will be a presenter at our October, 2012 symposium: Information, Space and Time: The Arts, Creativity and Learning in the 21st Century.