A dancer-choreographer from New York City, Jody Sperling is the founder and Artistic Director of Time Lapse Dance. Sperling has created more than 35 choreographic works and has taught, lectured and performed in the US, Bahrain, Canada, France, India, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Scotland and, most recently, north of the Arctic Circle.
Participating in a seven-week science mission to the Chukchi Sea in the Arctic in 2014, Sperling became the first ever choreographer-in-residence aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy. During the expedition, she danced on polar sea ice at a dozen research deployments. A short movie of her dancing on ice won second place in Human Impact Institute’s Creative Climate Awards. She is currently working on a production for Time Lapse Dance that captures the dynamism and fragility of the Arctic icescape for stage. The Coast Guard honored Sperling with an Arctic Service Award for her work aboard the Healy.
Since founding Time Lapse Dance, Sperling has developed a unique style that draws inspiration from the fabric-and-light spectacles of modern-dance pioneer Loie Fuller. She is internationally-recognized as the leading interpreter of Fuller’s style and, with her company, has taken the genre into innovative new directions. The company’s specialty is combining moving fabric, lighting and shadow-play with an acute sense of musicality.
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 dances have 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 dance writings have appeared on her own blogs and in Dance Magazine, The Village Voice, The SDHS Conference Proceedings, The International Encyclopedia of Dance and she contributed an essay to the book Birds of Paradise: Costume as Cinematic Spectacle (British Film Institute, 2014).