Photograph: Allison Michael Orenstein

Jack Ferver

is a New York based writer, choreographer, and director. His genre defying performances, which have been called “so extreme that they sometimes look and feel like exorcisms” (The New Yorker), explore the tragicomedy of the human psyche. Ferver’s “darkly humorous” (The New York Times) works 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, including an upcoming series for HBO. He and actress Parker Posey have a new media content project to be released in 2017. 

 
 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

I Want You To Want Me

*2016. The Kitchen: ADI/NYC. New York, New York

 

Night Light Bright Light

*2015. Abrons Art Center. American Realness. New York Performance Artists Collective. New York, New York

 

Chambre

2015. New MuseumFrench Institute Alliance Française. Crossing the Line. New York, New York.

2015. American Dance Institute. Rockville, Maryland

*2014. Bard College: The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. The House Is Open. Annandale-On-Hudson, New York.

 

All Of A Sudden

*2013. Abrons Arts Center. New York, New York

 

Mon, Ma, Mes

2016. Gibney DanceAmerican Realness. New York, New York.

2014. Portland Institute of Contemporary Art. TBA Festival. Portland, Oregon

2013. French Institute Alliance Française/Abrons Arts Center. American Realness. New York, New York.

*2012. French Institute Alliance Française. Crossing the Line. New York, New York.

 

Two Alike

2012. The Kitchen. New York, New York.

2012. Institute of Contemporary Art. Boston, Massachusetts. 

*2011. DiverseWorks Artspace. Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston. Houston, Texas.

 

Me, Michelle

2012. Abrons Art Center. American Realness. New York, New York.

*2011. The Museum of Arts and Design. Performa 11. New York, New York. 

 

Rumble Ghost

2011. Performance Space 122. Coil Festival. New York, New York.

*2010. Performance Space 122. New York, New York.

 

A Movie Star Needs A Movie

2010. Théâtre de Vanves. Vanves, France.

2010. Abrons Art Center. American Realness. New York, New York.

*2009. New Museum. New York, New York.

 

Death Is Certain

*2009. Danspace Project. New York, New York.

    

When We Were Young And Filled With Fear

*2007. Dixon Place. New York, New York.

   

 

COMMISSIONED SHORTER WORKS

Witch Study #1

Center for Performance Research. Brooklyn, New York.

 

I’m Trying to Hear Myself

*New Museum. New York, New York.

Andrew Edlin Gallery. New York, New York.

 

The Senior Bow

*The Julliard School. New York, New York.

    

Il Peint Moi

*PS1 MoMA. Queens, New York.   

 

Acceptance.

*The Julliard School. New York, New York.   

 

MDM

*NP Gallery. New York, New York

 

Vandam Goodbar

*LaMaMa Etc. New York, New York

 

Benefit Piece

*Dance Theater Workshop. New York, New York.

    

 

PUBLISHED WRITING

“In Response to ‘Woman on the Edge’”, “Letter From Paris”, “The Most Beautiful Boy”, Fall/Winter 2010-11 Issue of Novembre 

“Letter From Paris”, Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Mary Literary 

 

 

GRANTS & RESIDENCIES

2014. Residency at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine  College of Art.

2014. Residency at The Watermill Center.

2014. Residency at Bard College.

2013. Residency at Baryshnikov Arts Center.

2013. Residency at Bard College.

2012. Residency at the Maggie Allesee National Center fo Choreography at Florida State University.

2012. Jerome Foundation Recipient. 

2010-2011. AIRSpace. Artist in Residence. Abrons Art Center. 

2008-2009. Residency through Studio Series at Dance Theater Workshop

2008-2009. Artist in Residence at Chez Bushwick. 

 

TEACHING

2013-Present. Faculty. Bard College.

2011-Present. Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts 

2013. Guest Professor at SUNY Purchase.

2012. Guest Professor at Interlochen Arts Academy 

 

 

OTHER

With the QWAN (Quality Without A Name) Company: SWAN!!! and NOTES!!!, Theater 80;  Performance Space 122; and Abrons Art Center (all NYC). As an actor credits include the film Gayby, the television show Strangers With Candy (Comedy Central), Christopher Durang’s Betty’s Summer Vacation (Off-Broadway), and numerous other film, television and theater projects.

 

 

 

*Premiere