Jody Sperling is the Founder and Artistic Director of Time Lapse Dance. A dancer, choreographer and writer based in New York City. Sperling has earned international acclaim for her contemporary evocations of early modern dancer Loïe Fuller and is the foremost interpreter of Fuller’s style. Sperling has created more than 35 works, including many that pay homage to Fuller as well as others that fuse modern dance and circus arts. She has taught, lectured and performed in the US, Bahrain, Canada, France, India, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia and Scotland.
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 Sarah Michelson and Yvonne Rainer. Sperling has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) and has presented at the Society’s conferences. She holds an MA in Performance Studies (Tisch School of the Arts, New York University) and a BA in Dance and Italian (Wesleyan University). 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.