Jody Sperling

Jody Sperling

A New York City-based dancer-choreographer, Jody Sperling is the Artistic Director of Time Lapse Dance. She has created more than 45 works and is the leading exponent of the style of early modern dancer and performance technologist Loïe Fuller (1862-1928). Sperling has expanded Fuller’s genre into the 21st century, deploying it in the context of contemporary and environmental performance forms. In 2014, Sperling participated in a polar science mission--as the first choreographer-in-residence aboard a US Coast Guard icebreaker--and danced on Arctic sea ice. Since then much of Sperling’s artistic work has focused on engaging with climate change. Sperling earned a World Choreography Award nomination for her work on the French feature film “The Dancer” (Dir. Stephanie Di Giusto, 2016 Cannes Film Festival). She was also commissioned to create new work featured in the forthcoming Fuller documentary “Obsessed with Light,” directed by Sabine Krayenbuehl and Zeva Oelbaum. Currently, Sperling is developing a dance practice called ecokinetics that cultivates the relationship between the moving body and environmental systems while providing strategies for climate-engaged artmaking.