Jeanne Ruddy Dance was a Philadelphia-based dance company established in 1998 by Jeanne Ruddy, a former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Company. Presenting the work of Ruddy and leading contemporary choreographers, the company performed works by Suzanne Linke, Jane Comfort, Robert Battle, and others over the course of its 12-year history. Jeanne Ruddy also founded The Performance Garage, a community dance center that continues to provide rehearsal space, professional dance training, and a performance venue to the Philadelphia dance community.
Jeanne Ruddy Dance commissioned a new work by choreographer and theatrical director Martha Clarke, a MacArthur Fellow and founding member of the dance-theater company Pilobolus. Inspired by photographs by Diane Arbus, Ralph Eugene Meatyard and Helen Levitt, the performance piece featured highly stylized costumes and masks designed by Jeffery Wirsig, with lighting by Peter J. Jakubowski.