The Dance Department of Hobart and William Smith Colleges will present Jody Sperling’s Time Lapse Dance Company in a teaching and performing residency for four days in March. New York City-based artistic director and choreographer Sperling has been praised by The New York Times dance critic Jack Anderson as a choreographer who “made dance an art of transformation,” while The Village Voice labels her performances “magical,” and “exquisite.” Best known for her pieces which celebrate modern dance pioneer Loie Fuller, Sperling’s Time Lapse Dance Company juxtaposes historic reconstructions with eclectic, postmodern, and often humorous dances which have been described as “witty and fun.”
Sperling holds a master’s degree in performance studies from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in dance and Italian from Wesleyan University. She first encountered Fuller’s contribution to dance in a dance history course at Wesleyan, and has since gained an international reputation as an expert on Fuller and as an interpreter of her style of dancing.
While on campus, Sperling will conduct a master class in modern dance technique from 11:50 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25 in the Winn Seeley Dance Studio. As part of the dance class, Sperling will demonstrate some of Fuller’s techniques for manipulating fabric to create nature-inspired images, and guide students through this process.
Following the master class, Sperling will be a guest lecturer on Fuller in Professor Cynthia Williams’ Dance History II class, held from 1:25 – 2:50 p.m. in the Winn Seeley classroom.
In addition to the Wednesday classes, Sperling’s company will perform a lecture demonstration at North Street Elementary School in Geneva on Thursday. Among Sperling’s Time Lapse Dance company dancers is William Smith alumna Emily Lutin ’05 who joined Sperling’s company in 2007. Lutin, a double major in dance, and arts and education, is thrilled to be returning to Geneva as a professional company member; Dance Department faculty are equally pleased to welcome her back.
The company’s visit to Geneva will culminate in a dance concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 27 in Winn Seeley Gym Theater. Featured on the program will be the Loie Fuller inspired “Debussy Soiree” and “Ghosts,” along with a contemporary work titled “Bang for the Buck.”
Tickets are available at the box office beginning one hour prior to curtain: general admission $7, Hobart and William Smith faculty and staff $5; tickets for students and children are $3. The residency is sponsored in part by the New York State DanceForce, with funding from the New York State Council on the Arts Dance Program and Altria Group, Inc. For information or to register for the master class, please contact Cynthia Williams at (315) 781-3495, or e-mail her at Williams@hws.edu
The photo above was taken by Julie Lemberger.