Book of Clouds

Wednesday-Saturday, June 7-10, 2017
Baryshnikov Arts Center, John Cage & Merce Cunningham Studio
450 W 37th Street (near 10th Avenue)

Book of Clouds is a collaborative performance-installation bringing together Time Lapse Dance’s Artistic Director Jody Sperling with Vancouver-based visual artist Amy-Claire Huestis, and composer, sound/video designer Omar Zubair. Collectively the three create a space for contemplating the sublime skyscape. The work utilizes inventive light technologies, movement, and sonic composition to expand our perception of time and space.

Huestis engineers her own magic-lanterns (analog projection devices) and deploys them with her extraordinary hand-painted slides and slide-wheels depicting her recorded drawings of clouds, sun, moon, and Earth. Zubair designs the sonic environment, shaping rhythms of light and motion, and layering in video systems. Sperling navigates the site-scape of light and sound, adding a kinetic energy to the images and embodying the act of gazing.


Amy-Claire Huestis in Book of Clouds. Ph: John Sisley

Events scheduled Wednesday through Saturday allow for a range of intimate experiences calling on us to deepen our relationship with our skyscape. Join us Wednesday for a stellar benefit event including an encore presentation of Time Lapse Dance’s Ice Cycle which transports the Arctic ice-scape to the stage, followed by a champagne sunset reception and the first NYC iteration of Book of Clouds. Thursday we invite you for a the talk “Clouds, Climate and Culture” before the performance. Friday you’ll have a chance to dialogue with the artists following the show. Saturday there’s a free family workshop and a six-hour durational iteration of the performance-installation. Come early and often!


Wednesday, June 7 – 7:30pm
TLD Benefit Tickets: $65 General | $30 Artist Rate | $100 Patron (includes $35 tax-deductible contribution)
Join us on opening night for a performance of Ice CycleBook of Clouds: Iteration I, and a Sunset Reception.

Enter our cloud photo contest to win 2 free tickets to opening night!

Thursday, June 8 – 7:30pm
Climate Talk + Book of Clouds – $10
This evening begins with a panel discussion on Clouds and Climate with atmospheric scientist Kate Marvel, discussing the interaction of cloud formation and climate change and environmental activist Amy Larkin on climate change and culture. Book of Clouds: Iteration II will begin following the talk and a sunset intermission. BUY TICKETS

Friday, June 9 – 7:30pm 
Book of Clouds + Artist Talkback – $10
This evening begins with Book of Clouds: Iteration III, followed by an artist talkback discussing the work. BUY TICKETS

Saturday, June 10 – 2pm
Free Family Workshop 
Join Time Lapse Dance for a cloud dance workshop. The program is designed for children (ages 5-11) who will be partnered by one parent/caregiver.  Adults and children will move together. Capacity limited — advance pre-registration recommended. RESERVE YOUR SPACE

Saturday, June 10 – 3pm-9pm 
Book of Clouds Durational Installation – IV
This extended installation-performance will occur from 3pm-9pm, where attendees are welcome to arrive and experience the work at their own pace. Entry to the installation is $10, and all tickets will be sold the same day. Re-entry for patrons who leave and return within the 6 hour period will be subject to venue capacity.


TEMP DCA logoThis program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council.