Bringing the Arctic Home

June 20-21, 2015
The JCC Manhattan | Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Auditorium
334 Amsterdam Avenue (@76th Street)

Saturday, June 20 at 8-8:45pm – Arctic climate panel discussion (free)
Saturday, June 20 at 9pm – performance
Sunday, June 21 at 2pm – performance, followed by kids workshop
Sunday, June 21 at 7pm – performance, followed by talkback

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Info/Phone Sales: 800.838.3006

Advance Sale Tickets (sold until one hour prior to showtime): $20 (adult); $15 (seniors, students, JCC members); $10 (children under 12). Tickets sold at door subject to $5 surcharge.

Time Lapse Dance brings the Arctic home to the JCC with a program inspired by choreographer Jody Sperling’s incredible experience in the Arctic. In 2014, Sperling was invited by oceanographer Robert Pickart to participate in a 43-day polar science mission, as choreographer-in-residence aboard an icebreaker. While the scientists collected data, Sperling danced on the frozen sea as research for Ice Cycle, which will premiere at the JCC program.

Expressing the dynamism and fragility of the Arctic icescape, Ice Cycle is a collaboration with Alaskan-born composer Matthew Burtner. Choreographer and composer share a passion for ice and aim to bring its many phases and transformations to life through movement and music. Sperling and her ensemble of five women dancers crystalize into icy kaleidoscopic patterns and melt into turbulent eddies. Innovative costuming, lighting and projections help the company suggest the ever-shifting topography of ice.

The Saturday evening program will be preceded by a free panel moderated by world-renowned composer, artist, author and activist DJ Spooky (aka Paul Miller) and including speakers Gavin Schmidt (Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies) and Courtney St. John (Center for Research on Environmental Decisions).

The Sunday matinee performance is followed by a free kids workshop co-taught with Sperling and oceanographer Larry Pratt.

The Sunday evening performance will be preceded by a screening of Place with No Dawn a timelapse film made in the Canadian High Arctic by artist Jessica Houston and scientist Bruno Tremblay. A post-show talkback will feature Sperling in conversation with the filmmakers and Margie Turrin, of Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, discussing their experiences in different regions of the Arctic.

The performances will also include a revival of Time Lapse Dance’s signature climate-themed work Turbulence, which visualizes patterns of air disturbance into kinetic patterns.



Choreography: Jody Sperling | Composer: Matthew Burtner

Dancers: Jenny Campbell, Sarah Chien, Maya Orchin, Jody Sperling, Krissy Tate & Chriselle Tidrick

Lighting: David Ferri | Projection Designer: Matthew Haber

Costume Designer: Mary Jo Mecca | Textile Artist: Mary Jo Mecca

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council & The Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.