Wood & Silk: A Shared Evening of Textural Choreography

Thursday-Saturday, June 27- June 29 at 8pm
Danspace Project / DANCE: Access*
St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, 131 East 10th Street (at 2nd Avenue)

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Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance And Rachel Cohen/Racoco-Rx present “Wood & Silk: A Shared Evening of Choreography” at Dance: Access. Rachel Cohen and Jody Sperling are two innovative choreographers whose works create dynamic sculptural forms by extending the body in space. Sperling uses lightweight silk costuming and Cohen is currently exploring wood and sandpaper. In “Wood & Silk” the two present their contrasting, yet complementary, approaches side by side, in an evening of visually arresting dance.

For 15 years, Sperling has been inspired by the luminescent spectacles of Loïe Fuller (1862-1928), a pioneer of modern dance recently named an Irreplaceable Dance Treasure by the Dance Heritage Coalition. Sperling’s recent work takes Fuller’s swirling undulations into unexplored territories with two original musical scores.

Sperling’s Time-Lapse Fantasy (premiere, slide-show above) envisions a mythic journey through past, present and future. “Past” imagines an ancestral tribe of women weaving their way through a world thick with spirits. In her solo “Present,” Sperling suspends the moment as she swirls an enormous cape adorned with concentric rings (painstakingly handpainted on white silk by Gina Nagy Burns). In “Future,” five dancers whirl their way to transcendence. The stylish costumes are designed by Mary Jo Mecca. The original score is by Bessie Award-winning composer Brooks Williams and Beo Morales.

In Turbulence (2012), Time Lapse Dance’s six female dancers (Jenny Campbell, Sarah Chien, Alisa Fendley, May Orchin, Krissy Tate, Chriselle Tidrick) materialize patterns of air disturbance into kinetic sculptural forms. With complex shifting rhythms, Quentin Chiappetta’s propulsive score (performed by percussionist Tigger Benford), creates a dynamic aural architecture.

Bessie Award-winning lighting designer David Ferri illuminates the program.

*DANCE: Access is a self-produced series administered by Danspace Project.

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

Time-Lapse Fantasy is made possible in party with public funds from 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.

 

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