Jody Sperling had a unique opportunity to participate in a polar science mission to the Chukchi Sea, north of the Bering Strait, as the first-ever choreographer-in-residence aboard the USCGC Healy. She was invited by Woods Hole oceanographer Dr. Robert Pickart as part of an outreach team on climate science communication. During the journey, she danced on the ice cap at a dozen ice deployments. The footage from these in situ performances was edited into the short film “Ice Floe,” winner of a Creative Climate Award. To ready Sperling’s blog from the trip see: timelapsedance.com/arctic-spring. Sperling’s work Ice Cycle, translates the experience to the stage.
Choreography & Performance: Jody Sperling
Video Editing: Ben Harden & Amanda Kowalski
Camera: Frank Bahr, Pierre Coupel & Jody Sperling
Music: Beo Morales & Brooks Williams
Costume Design: Mary Jo Mecca & Gina Nagy Burns in collaboration with Jody Sperling
Costume Construction: Mary Jo Mecca | Costume Painting: Gina Nagy Burns
Special thanks to the entire HL1401 crew and science party, especially Robert Pickart, Chris Polashenski, the Taukuvik team, BMCM Tim Sullivan, Executive Officer Stanclik and Captain Reeves.