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NewsJody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance kick-off artist residency

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New York City choreographer and dance scholar Jody Sperling and her contemporary dance company, Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance, will spend a 10-day artist residency on the Marlboro College campus from September 1-10.

The college and surrounding community will have several opportunities to participate in the residency in a number of ways, ranging from observing open rehearsals and performances to participating in movement and lighting design workshops to working with the company as stand-ins for the dancers and technical assistants. Working closely with lighting designer David Ferri, Time Lapse Dance will use the residency to develop a spectacle of dance and light inspired by the style of Loie Fuller.

Sperling is known for her contemporary choreography thatgives a postmodern twist to vintage dance genres; from the dazzling fin de siècle spectacles of modern dance pioneer Loie Fuller, to circus and music hall entertainments. The Portland Phoenix writes, “Sperling's expansive musicality and expert manipulation of her enormous costume were perfectly analogous to the solution today's technological sophisticates are still searching for—not just a merger of dancing and media but a transfiguration of both."

At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday September 7, Sperling will deliver a slide-lecture at the Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center entitled “Materializing the Ephemeral: The Art of Loie Fuller (1862-1928).” Admission to this event is $4 adults; $3 seniors; $2 students and is free to BMAC members and Marlboro College students with ID.

At 3:00 p.m., on Sunday, September 10, the company’s residency will culminate with a “Tea Dance” at the Rudolf and Irene Serkin Center for the Performing Arts at Marlboro College.  The company will share both finished and in-progress works and discuss their creative process. The performance is free and open to the public but seating is limited. For more information or to make a reservation to the performance, please contact Sara Coffey of the Vermont Performance Lab at scoffey@marlboro.edu.

For more information about the Vermont Performance lab, please visit www.vermontperformancelab.com

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