Global warming meets dance in this “chillingly apt” program inspired by Jody Sperling’s experience dancing on Arctic sea ice. In 2014, Sperling participated in a polar science mission where she was the first choreographer-in-residence aboard a US Coast Guard icebreaker. You can see her dancing on ice in the award-winning film Ice Floe. With Bringing the Arctic Home, she transports the polar icescape to the stage. The stunning production incorporates original music, innovative costuming, lighting and projections. Along with performances, the company offers climate literacy outreach. Sperling’s tailors residencies to each community so as to draw attention local impacts, as well as the global consequences, of climate change. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about bringing the Arctic home to your community.
Bringing the Arctic Home features the following repertory:
Expressing the fragility and dynamism of the Arctic icescape, Ice Cycle was inspired by choreographer Jody Sperling’s journey to the Chukchi Sea and her experience dancing there on polar sea ice. Alaskan-born composer Matthew Burtner, a specialist in the music of snow and ice, collaborated to create an original score for Sperling’s dance.
CHOREOGRAPHY: Jody Sperling
ORIGINAL MUSIC: Matthew Burtner | COSTUMES: Mary Jo Mecca | LIGHTING: David Ferri
DRAMATURGE: Pele Bausch | PROJECTION DESIGN: Matthew Haber & Chelsie McPhilimy
A multi-pronged collaboration between dancer-choreographer Jody Sperling, visual artist Amy-Claire Huestis, video artist Omar Zubair and composer Matthew Burtner. In this work, Huestis and Zubair mix magic-lantern projections with a live video feed to suggest an interstellar environment for Sperling’s dance. Burtner’s score layers vortices of sound, while Sperling finds transcendence in an extended whirling passage. Total time: 13 minutes
CHOREOGRAPHY: Jody Sperling | MUSIC: Matthew Burtner
PROJECTION DESIGN: Amy-Claire Huestis (magic-lantern) & Omar Zubair (video)
Distilling patterns of air disturbance into kinetic sculptural forms, the dancers don voluminous white silk capes that billow and undulate into captivating formations. With complex shifting rhythms, the score creates a dynamic aural architecture that the choreography navigates with spiraling vortices and rippling waves. The dancers also work without capes, showing how differently each disquiets the space.
CHOREOGRAPHY: Jody Sperling | MUSIC: Quentin Chiappetta | LIGHTING: David Ferri
COSTUMES: Michelle Ferranti, Jessica Dunham, & Mary Jo Mecca
The score for Turbulence was originally commissioned with funds from the American Music Center’s Live Music for Dance Program.
In conjunction with performances, Time Lapse Dance offers engagement activities relating to climate. Sperling tailors outreach to address the interests and concerns of each specific community. The outreach programs stimulate cross-disciplinary thinking and encourage participants to see how global systems and local impacts are connected. Outreach may be targeted to audiences of any age and include the following.
Sperling collaborates with presenters to curate panel discussions with experts on climate science and artists responding to the climate crisis. She works with each organization to stimulate a lively dialogue. Sample panel topics include: How what happens in the Arctic affects us all. The role of arts in communicating about climate science. Historical connections between dance and activism.