Jody Sperling

jodysperlingJody Sperling is the Founder and Artistic Director of Time Lapse Dance, a company that presents visual-kinetic theater fusing dance, circus arts and fabric-and-light spectacles inspired by Loïe Fuller. A dancer, choreographer and dance scholar based in New York City, Sperling has gained an international reputation as an expert on Fuller and is the foremost contemporary interpreter of Fuller’s style. In the past decade, Sperling has created more than 25 works, including five solos and four group works that pay homage to Fuller. She has taught, lectured and/or performed in the US, Canada, France, India, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Scotland and Russia.

Sperling has received commissions from the Vermont Performance Lab & Marlboro College, The University of Wyoming through the NEA American Masterpieces Program and the Streb Lab for Action Mechanics (S.L.A.M.) for the creation of a new aerial work. Her work “Roman Sketches” has been in the repertory of Holland’s Introdans ensemble.

As a dancer, Sperling has performed in the works of other choreographers including a revival of Yvonne Rainer’s 1960s landmark “Trio A.” Sperling has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Dance History Scholars and has presented at the Society’s conferences. She holds an MA in Performance Studies (NYU) and a BA in Dance and Italian (Wesleyan). Her writings have appeared in Dance Magazine, The Village Voice, The SDHS Conference Proceedings, The International Encyclopedia of Dance and she is contributing an essay to the forthcoming book Birds of Paradise: Costume as Cinematic Spectacle.

Muses Dancing

Wendy Liberatore writes that Muses of Modern Dance is a "loving tribute to three of modern dance’s essential pioneers: Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis. What this living trio — Jodi Sperling, Jeanne Bresciani and Livia Vanaver — did at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center was more than restage the works of these matriarchs of this American art form. They imbued these groundbreaking, and often revolutionary, dances with a spirit of the very creators themselves. And in so doing, these three living dancers furthered Fuller, Duncan and St. Denis’ status as goddesses who are worthy of infinite worship."