A dancer-choreographer from New York, Jody Sperling is the founder and Artistic Director of Time Lapse Dance. She has created more than 40 works and has performed and taught in the US, Bahrain, Canada, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Scotland and north of the Arctic Circle. In 2014, Sperling was invited to participate in a polar science mission to the Chukchi Sea (north of Alaska) as the first choreographer-in-residence aboard a US Coast Guard icebreaker. During the expedition, she danced on the melting polar ice cap. The Coast Guard honored Sperling with an Arctic Service Award for her work aboard the Healy and Ice Floe, a movie of her ice dancing, was awarded a prize by the Human Impact Institute’s Creative Climate Awards. Her production Bringing the Arctic Home captures the dynamism and fragility of the icescape for stage.
For her company, Sperling has forged a unique style inspired by early dance pioneer and technologist Loïe Fuller. Internationally regarded as the leading exponent of Fuller’s genre, she has taken the idiom into innovative directions. Sperling is the choreographer, creative consultant and dance coach for the upcoming French feature film “La Danseuse” inspired by Fuller’s life.
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. Her works 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 the award-winning book Birds of Paradise: Costume as Cinematic Spectacle (British Film Institute, 2014).