Jack Ferver

Jack Ferver

Jack Ferver is a New York based writer, choreographer, and director. His genre defying performances interrogate and indict an array of psychological and socio-political issues, particularly in the realms of sexual orientation, gender, and power struggles. His visionary direction blurs boundaries between fantastic theatrics and stark naturalism, character and self, humor and horror. Ferver’s works have been presented in New York City at the New Museum; The Kitchen; The French Institute Alliance Française, as part of Crossing the Line; Abrons Arts Center; Gibney Dance; Performance Space 122; the Museum of Arts and Design, as part of Performa 11; Danspace Project; and Dixon Place. Domestically and internationally, Ferver has been presented by the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College (NY); American Dance Institute (MD); Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (IL); Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (OR); the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA (ME); the Institute of Contemporary Art (MA); Diverse Works in collaboration with the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston (TX); and Théâtre de Vanves (France). His work has been critically acclaimed in The New York Times, La Monde, Artforum, The New Yorker, Time Out NY, Modern Painters, The Financial Times, The Village Voice, and ArtsJournal. Ferver has received residencies and fellowships from the Maggie Allesee National Center of Choreography at Florida State (2012); Baryshnikov Arts Center (2013); the Watermill Center (2014); the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art (2014); and Live Arts Bard, the commissioning and residency program of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College (2014); and Abrons Art Center (2014-2015). He is a 2016 recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant. He teaches at Bard College and is guest faculty at NYU. He has also taught at SUNY Purchase, and has set choreography at The Juilliard School. As an actor he has appeared in numerous films and television series.

Selected Press for Jack Ferver:


A work with such frequent shifts between the heartbreaking to the hilarious to the hopeful… A thing of beauty and suffering, all at once.
– Andrew Boynton on Two Alike, The New Yorker


With his mad blue Bette Davis eyes and penchant for public suffering, he is good at making a spectacle of himself, and- more to the point- he excels at making his audiences deeply uncomfortable. While he constructs and subverts identity, presenting and manipulating images of sexuality, abuse, and self love, those of us watching are implicated in his physically raw, violent works. We can’t look away, and naturally, we don’t want to.
– Claudia LaRocco, The New York Times


“With Ferver’s understated sureness of touch as director… the oscillation between insouciance and desolation makes the show. 4 STARS”
– Appollinaire Scherr, The Financial Times


He writes and choreographs challenging, provocative dance theater that explores sexuality, identity, and, loosely stated, the horrible things people to do one another in the service of their own fragile egos.
– Kris Wilton, Modern Painters


Ferver’s performances are so extreme that they sometimes look and feel like exorcisms.
The New Yorker

Everything Is Imaginable
APR 4-7, 8PM