Jody Sperling - Time Lapse DanceJody Sperling is a dancer, choreographer and dance scholar. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Time Lapse Dance. This is Jody's blog.
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Reflections on 10 years of Time Lapse Dancing

Preparing for our 10th-anniversary season (Feb 19-21 at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center), has put me in a retrospective frame of mind. Of course I’m excited about the program’s two premieres, but I’m also psyched about revisiting some older rep. I decided to interweave two dances–the trio A Leg Up (2007) and my solo Cheap (1999)–which, although made years apart, were both inspired by early films of variety dancers. It’s been fun splicing together alternating scenes and revamping my decade-old tricks. We’re also bringing back condensed versions of Ghosts and Bang for the Buck, both from 2008. But alas, we can’t bring back everything. My favorite saying about dance (courtesy of the late Richard Bull) is: “Here today, gone today.” Our dances may be gone, but fortunately we’ve got a lot of nice souvenirs. Here are a few from the digital scrapbook, 1999-2009.

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2 Responses to “Reflections on 10 years of Time Lapse Dancing”

  • Kathleen Isaac says:

    I’m so glad I went to last night’s performance. It was a virtual feast of visual, aural, kinesthetic and visceral courses served up by a delightful and lively young cast of dancers. The era of variety and vaudeville dancers really touched my heart, because my grandmother played piano for the silent movies during the late 1920’s and into the 1930’s. Thank you for keeping the work of Loie Fuller alive through your own interpretations inspired by her choreography, and for creating your own beautiful, inspiring and clever work.

  • Dear Jody,

    I have come home full of wonder at your company’s performance this afternoon at Tribeca PAC. I found the choreography – the fabrics in motion, the play of light on the dancers and on the folds of the cloth, the poetry of undulating waves and wind-sculpted scallops – thrilling. I can’t think of a better marriage of music and dance. Thank you for your work, the choreography, dancing, and the research that you bring to life in new and astounding ways. If I were younger I would have leapt from my chair, screamed, yelled, and stamped my feet in appreciation. As it is, here a few decorous words after the fact instead.

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