Polar Rhythms: Dance and Music of Ice

June 2-4, 2016
Performance Project at University Settlement | Speyer Hall
184 Eldridge Street

Photos by Phyllis McCabe

Thursday, June 2 at 8pm
Performance + Post-show talkback with choreographer Jody Sperling & composer Matthew Burtner

Friday, June 3 at 8pm
Performance + Post-show panel discussion on the Arctic, climate and the arts with Chantal Bilodeau (Playwright), Jessica Brunacini (Climate Educator) and Allan Frei (Scientist)

Saturday, June 4 at 2pm 
Performance + Post-show kids workshop on fluid dynamics and dance

Saturday June 4 from 5-6:30pm
Impacts Hour, curated by Human Impacts Institute (free)

Saturday, June 4 at 7pm – Performance

Tickets: $15 general admission

Global warming meets dance in a program inspired by Jody Sperling’s experience dancing on the melting Arctic icecap. Sperling, who participated in a polar science mission as a choreographer aboard an icebreaker, transports the magnificent icescape to the stage with her dance company of women. They are joined by Alaskan-born composer Matthew Burtner, a specialist in the music of snow and ice, who will perform his chilling music live.

The program features an evolution of Sperling and Burtner’s collaboration Ice Cycle . Danced by six women, the piece gels in crystalline formations, as it explores the dynamic interplay of ice and water as well as the concept of horizon, the dominant visual feature of the Arctic.

Visual artists Amy-Claire Huestis and Omar Zubair, who specialize in mythic fusions of magic-lantern media, join Sperling and Burtner for the occasion with Piece for the Northern Sky, a spontaneous light, image, movement and music installation creating a space for the terrestrial North to interact with the celestial North.

The Polar Rhythms performances will serve as a springboard throughout the weekend for conversations about the Arctic, climate change and climate solutions.

Saturday from 5-6:30pm the public is invited to “Impacts Hour,” curated by Human Impacts Institute. A roster of climate solutions innovators share short presentations on concrete ways to get involved with climate activism now. Doors open at 5pm for a climate mingle, with presentations from 5:45-6:15pm, followed by further networking opportunities.

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.