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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Loie en l’air @ S.L.A.M.

I’m working on a new piece that takes my Loie-style explorations into the air. This is possible courtesy a grant from the “Emerging Artist Commissioning Program” at the Streb Lab for Action Mechanics (aka SLAM). It’s quite an experience to rehearse at SLAM. The space is open to the community and at any given time there could three simultaneous activities on the two enormous trusses and the flying-trapeze rig. During our first rehearsal, “Obama girl” was shooting a video of Elizabeth Streb and company. While we were testing out harnesses, we tried not to attract the attention of the film crew. If the chaos is not distracting, it’s stimulating (and inspiring) to catch glimpses of flying bodies on trapeze, aerial silks, lyre, straps, you name it.

It’s taken a while to devise a costume and rigging system for this project. One issue is how to keep the wires and the costume from interfering with each other. Aaron Verdery, Streb’s rigger, helped us set up a pulley system so I can manually raise and lower aerialist Rachel Salzman. Now that we’ve got the mechanics in place, it’s time to figure out the dance! The first step is to develop the vocabulary. Here’s a few clips–early in the process–that show some Loie-esque aerial moves. More to come!

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One Response to “Loie en l’air @ S.L.A.M.”

  • I love aerial stuff – and I really relate to the technical hurdles. I could bend your ear for hours with anecdotes about my experiences in developing “The Crossing” – the last major dance production my company Gnosis did. For instance, the time one of our dancers did a facedown swan dive onto the studio floor from about 12 feet up when the rigging failed! Ouch! Praise the deities she only sprained her wrist.

    We also came up with some novel approaches to getting the dancers up and down in real time and transporting Elle over the audience I love aerial stuff, but I don’t know if I’d ever want to do it again. Such stress!

    I hope I can figure out a way to get up to NYC to see this.

    Check out the Youtube clips “The Crossing pt 1,2,3,&4″ Not completely pleased with the way it all came out, but would I ever be?

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