The Dancer (La Danseuse, 2016)

French feature film “The Dancer” (La Danseuse, Dir. Stephanie Di Giusto 2016) is a visually sumptuous drama set amidst the opulence of Belle Époque Paris that charts the saga of modern dance icon and dance technologist Loïe Fuller. Time Lapse Dance Artistic Director Jody Sperling, who is the world’s leading expert on Fuller’s dance style, was choreographer, creative consultant, and coach for the film. “The Dancer” premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in the “Un Certain Regard” category and made it’s NYC debut at Lincoln Center Film Society’s Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Festival in March 2017.

It opens on December 1 at Village East

Sperling worked intensively with the film’s star, Soko, training her 5-6 hours per day for a period of 5 weeks helping her embody the role of “La Loie.” The film garnered 6 César Award nominations, including a win for Best Costume Design. Sperling earned a 2017 World Choreography Award nomination for her work on the film.

The video above shows the a dance sequence from the film performed by Soko. The Trailer is below:

The Dancer

Artistic Director Jody Sperling and Director Stephanie di Giusto discuss Loie Fuller and The Dancer following a screening at the Lincoln Center Film Society in March 2017.


The Dance Enthusiast – March 2, 2017
“It is a sumptuous, respectful tribute to a female pioneer, a master of abstract eroticism.” – Impressions of: The Film The Dancer by Deirdre Towers

Le Figaro – September 28, 2016
“Le cinema en pointe”
“Coachs et danseurs . . .”

Mouvement, Magazine culturel indisciplinaire – July 2016
“3 Questions for Jody Sperling, Choreographer of La Danseuse