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"Known for her improvisational acting technique, Action Theater, Ms. Zaporah sees the body and the mind as inseparable disciplines in which, as her biography states, the body is “the doorway through which the mind becomes present.”|
An unpredictable presence, Ms. Zaporah was at times bawdy, innocent and insolent as she moved through the space dressed entirely in black, including a scarf that she tied across her forehead. Her white hair stuck up at the top, giving her that “Grey Gardens” edge. Her spidery fingers splayed and wiggled as she moved along an eccentric path that covered every bit of the stage.
“Thursday’s Out” was a breath of Old World dance kookiness, but it was also a chance to witness a body and mind in which comedy and tragedy exist side by side, allowing for a magic act to occur: an improviser truly living in the moment."
--GIA KOURLAS, New York Times, 10/30/11
"Ruth Zaporah is a movement artist who has internalized a kinetic vocabulary to such an extent that she can listen to it and follow it wherever it takes her at any moment."
--Rita Felciano, SF Bay Guardian
"Zaporah is a woman of many voices and many guises. The charming entertainer can metamorphose into the schizophrenic in subtle and surprising ways....The root of her persona seems always to be a modern woman on the edge, inhabiting the body of some archetypal clown....Whether she's engaging in rancid dialogues or telling stories, whether she's being loud and tough, or feeling put upon, we know her for a woman under siege..."
--Deborah Jowitt, Voice
"Watching Ruth Zaporah in one of her performance pieces is like an exercise in surreal meditation....With the power of a gifted actress, she gives the words and phrases and tales she tells a symphonic scope, stretching them to elusive purpose....Her command of verbal and body language is extraordinary....The changes were mercurial, characters flowing into on another imperceptibly.....In Zaporah's performance pieces, the language of the body and that of the voice merge identities. The body movement has a literal, narrative quality, whereas the voice is an extension of the body's moving arts."
--Marilyn Tucker, SF Chronicle
"Zaporah and (Leonard) Pitt are near-legends of the performance art scene that flourished here from the late 70's through the 80's, creating the regions international reputation as a hotbed of experimental theater."
--Robert Hurwitt, SF Examiner
"(Rinde) Eckert and Zaporah are masters of ambiguity, pulling you in moments from tears of laughter to compassion."
--Kate Regan, San Francisco Chronicle
"Zaporah has a zany sense of humor, is a skilled dancer, and an actress with a protean face and a very powerful voice. Within moments she can appear beautiful or plain, blank or animated, very young or very old, out of control or excessively controlled, authoritarian or meek....The sounds she makes in a performance are astonishingly expressive."
--New Performance Journal
Off the Cuff By Peter Breslin, Santa Fe Reporter, September 2006.
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