POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — “Jody Sperling has fun with dance history, in part because she takes it seriously,” wrote Jack Anderson in New York Theatre Wire (May 14, 2007).
Sperling and her New York City-based Time Lapse Dance company will present a special dance program on Monday, November 3, at 7:30 pm, at the Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater in Kenyon Hall. The event is free and open to the public, however reservations are recommended, through the Department of Dance, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis (845 437-5541).
At the center of the program is a performance of Ghosts, a work developed during a collaborative residency with Vassar lighting designer David Ferri. In this piece, Sperling pays homage to modern dance pioneer Loie Fuller, who mesmerized French audiences in the late 19th century with her spectacles of fabric, light and motion. Toying with disappearance of the body, Sperling’s dancers revolve in billowing silken costumes, moving under multi-hued lights and hypnotic media projections. And in an explosive moment, Sperling, as soloist, becomes the source of illumination as LED lights underneath her costume flash in successive patterns.
Sperling has gained an international reputation as a post-modern interpreter of Fuller’s style of dancing. Her interest in Fuller began in 1997 with The Butterfly Dance, a collaboration with film choreographer Elizabeth Aldrich, commissioned by the Library of Congress. Since then, Sperling has created five Fuller-inspired solos, including The Serpentine Dance, after the 1891 original, her signature work Dance of the Elements, and La Nuit, set to the music of John Cage. Ghosts is part of her recent effort to expand Fuller’s themes to a group setting.
This performance is sponsored by the department of dance. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact Campus Activities Office at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.