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Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance will perform a selection of new work on September 5, 2009.

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).

Jody Sperling and her New York City-based Time Lapse Dance company will present Summer Harvest, an evening of work, some of which that was developed during the summer 2009 residency at Vassar, on Saturday, September 5. The program will feature Sperling’s new work Forms of Dilemma, set to Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, with lighting by David Ferri. Click here to view a video preview of Forms of Dilemma.

The event will begin at 8:00pm at The Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater in Kenyon Hall and is free and open to the public. No reservations are required, seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. For additional information, call the Department of Dance at (845) 437-7470.

Visual delight and kinetic spectacle are key elements of the Time Lapse Dance aesthetic, as seen during their previous performance at Vassar last November. The company’s work features contemporary interpretations of modern dance pioneer Loie Fuller, with hypnotic fabric-and-light displays. Other works in their repertoire draw on imagery culled from circus and music hall entertainment, including hula-hooping, stilt-walking, partner acrobatics, aerial dance, contortion acts, burlesque, magic-lantern shows, and more.

Deborah Jowitt noted in the Village Voice that: “Sperling has mastered Fuller’s art of manipulating fabric . . . it’s wonderful to see her create swirling, evolving forms that might have been captured by a time-lapse camera.”

Time Lapse Dance Artistic Director Sperling, who has gained an international reputation as a post-modern interpreter of Fuller’s style of dancing, is a dancer, choreographer, and dance scholar based in New York City. She has lectured and/or performed at colleges, universities, festivals, and conferences in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Italy, and Russia. Her interest in Fuller began in 1997 with The Butterfly Dance, a collaboration with film choreographer and dance historian Elizabeth Aldrich commissioned by the Library of Congress. Since then, Sperling has created five Fuller-inspired solos.

This performance is sponsored by The Department of Dance and The Jeanne Periolat Czula Fund, made possible by Jeffrey Paley and Valerie Ritter Paley  ’83 and The Jeanne Periolat Czula Endowment, established by an anonymous alum.

This fall The Department of Dance will offer several other public events at The Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater in Kenyon Hall including the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre’s (VRDT) performance First Showings (10/9, 8pm); a lecture by Balanchine ballerina, Merrill Ashley (10/13); a performance by the Dance Theater of Harlem Ensemble (11/8); and the VRDT performance Final Showings ’09–’10 (11/19-21, 8pm). Additional details will be announced. For advance reservations for the VRDT performances, please email VRDTtickets@vassar.edu.

The Department of Dance offers a non-major, elective course of study at Vassar. The faculty consists of three full-time (Jeanne Periolat Czula, John Meehan, Stephen Rooks) and two part-time teachers (Abby Saxon, Katherine Wildberger). Dance’s Resident Lighting Designer, David Ferri, lights all dance department productions. There are three Adjunct Artists who serve as accompanists and who compose, direct, and sometimes perform with the student company, the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre, which is directed by John Meehan (http://dance.vassar.edu/).

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.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, August 25, 2009