20th Anniversary Season Online: 20 Years in 20 Weeks

TLDat20Gif-1Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance (TLD) is celebrating 20 years with 20 weeks of virtual programing, featuring a series of intimate and interactive events, including livestream conversations, online premieres, workshops, rehearsal visits, and more. TLD will share themed content each week on social media, so please follow the company on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. #TLDAT20

Week 4: Move with the TLD Dancers

Wednesday, June 3 at 9am – Barre Fitness with Morgan Bontz – Instagram Live
Friday, June 5 at 4pm – Ballet Class with Maki Kitahara – Instagram Live
Sunday, June 7 at 2pm – Kids Dance Workshop with Anika Hunter – Register on Zoom

Week 5: Loie Fuller & Pride

Thursday, June 11 at 7pm
Loie Fuller, Vision & Legacy – A Presentation by Jody Sperling
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For Pride Month, Jody Sperling presents a lecture on her muse, the visionary and Queer artist Loie Fuller (1862-1928). Fuller was one of the most celebrated performers of her era, inventing a radically new art form that merged performance and technology in unprecedented ways. One of the “mothers” of modern dance, Fuller also exerted a strong influence on many artistic movements from Art Nouveau to Cubism and Futurism. Sperling, considered the foremost contemporary interpreter of Fuller’s genre, presents an engaging and richly-illustrated lecture on Fuller’s vision, legacy and relevance for her work in today’s mediated world. Join the conversation with Q & A following the talk.

Saturday, June 13 at 11-11:40am
Loie Fuller At Home Workshop with Pillowcases
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Jody Sperling, Loie Fuller scholar and expert, gives a fun do-it-yourself workshop on Loie Fuller technique. Fuller employed enormous silk costumes that extended the body into space. As a teaching tool, Sperling and participants will use pillowcases to experience the expansion and breath of the movement.

Week 6: It’s a Breeze to be Counted . . . and Turbulence!

Wednesday, June 17 at noon – It’s a Breeze to be Counted
10-minute breath workshop with Jody Sperling on Instagram Live. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete the census. Be counted! Go online at my2020census.gov or call 844-467-2020.

Thursday, June 18
7pm – YouTube Premiere of “Turbulence” – Stay tuned for link
7:30pm – Artist Talkback – Stay tuned for link

Watch the live YouTube release of Turbulence, one of Time Lapse Dance’s signature works. Sperling’s choreography for six dancers distills patterns of air disturbance into kinetic sculptural forms. Features an intricate and rollicking percussion score by Quentin Chiappetta.

Week 7: You’re Invited!

Tuesday, June 23 at 10am – Fitness Class with TLD Dancer Carly Cerasuolo
On Instagram Live

Friday, June 26 from 11-12:30pm – Open Rehearsal
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You’re invited to a Time Lapse Dance rehearsal on Zoom. You’ll get to watch as the dancers create and share material for a new project. Be part of the experiment!

Week 1 Highlight: Watch YouTube Premiere of “Wind Rose” – Available until May 24!

About #TLDat20

“During this time of physical distancing, it’s more important than ever for people to stay actively connected with one another in virtual spaces. Dance is a unifying force, bringing together the moving body with imagination, curiosity, well-being, and larger communities. As we adjust to changing realities, we must each pivot to help envision and enact a future that is more just and sustainable for all. I believe dance has an important role to play in mobilizing this new future. Rather than a simple retrospective, #TLDat20 is our initiative aimed at reflecting on past and present, so as to move boldly into the uncertain territories ahead.” -Jody Sperling, Choreographer/Artistic Director


Week 1: Wind and Breath: Climate Change Music and Dance
Thursday, May 14 at 7pm: YouTube Premiere of “Wind Rose,” followed at 7:30pm by livestream conversation between choreographer Jody Sperling and composer Matthew Burtner. Longtime collaborators, Burtner and Sperling are both acclaimed for their creative engagement with climate change. Their work “Wind Rose” visualizes local and global winds patterns that are changing dramatically along with the earth’s atmosphere. Wind is the breath of the planet, and though invisible, its swirling rhythms drive the forces of life. During the work creation, composer and choreographer discovered a new mode of collaboration that allowed for a synthesis of sound, movement, and airflow. Join the conversation to probe their process.

Friday, May 15 at 11-11:30am: “Breath and Breeze” movement workshop for families and people of all ages. Learn moves from ”Wind Rose” and how to put them together to create a rhythmic breeze.
PRE-REGISTER FOR WORKSHOP (pre-registration required)

Week 2: Costuming: Sustainability and Transformation Conversation & DIY Wksp
Friday, May 22 at 5-6pm

Livestream conversation and DIY workshop with choreographer Jody Sperling and costume designer Lauren Gaston about sustainable costume design. The two will discuss their current collaborative process for a new work, “Plastic Harvest,” which uses single-use plastics as featured material. The conversation will cover issues of sustainability and how costuming can help performers experience an empathic relationship with the environment. The session will conclude with a short DIY at home sustainable design project. Throughout the week TLD will share photos and videos of TLD’s amazing costumes by our outstanding roster of collaborators including Mary Jo Mecca, Gina Nagy Burns, Michelle Ferranti, and E. Shura Pollatsek.

Week 3: Our City Streets, Performance and Reimagination
Friday, May 29 at 2pm
In case you missed it Watch Livestream

Livestream panel with Lisa Orman (Streetopia UWS), Sara Lind (Broadway Task Force/Community Board 7), Jody Sperling, and other guests on how performance can help re-vision street use and design. TLD has produced annual Spot for Dance festivals for Park(ING) Day where artists and activists transform curbside parking spaces into public places. These performance festivals have provided opportunity for community-building around the issue of curbside reform. Social distancing necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic has revealed the urgent need for the city to rethink the streetscape in a way that prioritizes space for pedestrians over vehicles. Join us in this important conversation.


And stay tuned for more!

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