Cheap (1999)


“Superficially, ‘Cheap’ is a comic acrobatic dance gone awry, as Sperling becomes entangled in a cord she’s attached to her ankle. The image of female bondage makes it less amusing, especially as the audience laughter simply confirms the moral of the piece: what women will do to please and impress.” –Michael Crabb, Canada’s National Post

Inspired by early films of Variety dancers, this solo offers a witty commentary on the idea of doing tricks. Sperling’s feats–from belly rolls, to contortionist exercises, to high kicks–performed with deadpan demeanor, are calculated to charm and startle the viewer. Roberto Pace’s score draws on music hall motifs. (10 minutes)

CHOREOGRAPHY: Jody Sperling / DANCER: Jody Sperling