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jody sperling

About the Performer

Jody Sperling is the Founder and Artistic Director of Time Lapse Dance, a company that presents visual-kinetic theater fusing dance, circus arts and fabric-and-light spectacles inspired by Loïe Fuller. A dancer, choreographer and dance scholar based in New York City, Sperling has gained an international reputation as an expert on Fuller and is the foremost contemporary interpreter of Fuller’s style. In the past decade, Sperling has created more than 25 works, including five solos and four group works that pay homage to Fuller. She has taught, lectured and/or performed in the US, Canada, France, India, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Scotland and Russia.

Sperling has received commissions from the Vermont Performance Lab & Marlboro College, The University of Wyoming through the NEA American Masterpieces Program and the Streb Lab for Action Mechanics (S.L.A.M.) for the creation of a new aerial work. Her work "Roman Sketches" has been in the repertory of Holland’s Introdans ensemble.

As a dancer, Sperling has performed in the works of other choreographers including a revival of Yvonne Rainer’s 1960s landmark "Trio A." Sperling has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Dance History Scholars and has presented at the Society’s conferences. She holds an MA in Performance Studies (NYU) and a BA in Dance and Italian (Wesleyan). Her writings have appeared in Dance Magazine, The Village Voice, The SDHS Conference Proceedings, The International Encyclopedia of Dance and she is contributing an essay to the forthcoming book Birds of Paradise: Costume as Cinematic Spectacle.

About the Muse

Loïe Fuller (1862-1928) created a unique art form by crafting mesmerizing, multi-media spectacles out of fabric, motion and light. With her swirling costumes and specially-engineered illuminations, this American-born artist enraptured fin de siècle Paris. A favorite subject of visual artists (Jules Chéret, Henri de Toulouse-Latrec, François-Raoul Larche, Pierre Roche, among others), she became the embodiment of the Art Nouveau movement. Fuller’s unprecedented success in Europe paved the way for the careers of later modern dancers, including Isadora Duncan, Maud Allan, and Ruth St. Denis. Fuller was influential, not just in fields of dance and the visual arts, but also in lighting design, stagecraft and cinema. Given today’s preoccupation with technology and its origins, Fuller’s ingenious use of special effects has particular relevance. An independent, visionary artist, Fuller fashioned herself into one of her era’s most influential and celebrated performers.

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