Tonight Jody Sperling, artistic director of Time Lapse Dance, advocate for the environment and expert on the work of Loie Fuller, brings a new performance installation, Book of Clouds, to Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City.
Collaborating with visual artist Amy-Claire Huestis and composer Omar Zubair, Sperling uses light technologies, movement and sound to expand our perception of time and space in this climate inspired work.
Book of Clouds: Iteration III premieres tonight at 7:30, with a talkback session following the performance. Tomorrow, 10–2 pm, is a free family workshop for children ages 5–11 and their parents, followed by the final installment, Book of Clouds Durational Installation—IV, at 3 pm. Tickets and info: timelapsedance.com.
In 2014, Sperling danced on the Arctic ice as choreographer in residence aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy. Check out this gorgeous video, Ice Floe.
Sometimes life just drops gems into your lap, on an otherwise typical Friday—like the 1980s public access television show "Stairway to Stardom" and the font of video footage that is the stairwaytostardom YouTube channel. Founded by Brooklynite Frank Masi—an amateur singer and apparent proponent of local talent—"Stairway to Stardom" featured child and teen performers who sang, danced and even performed comedy acts. It's an earnest show, and we don't mean to disparage the performers, but it's definitely fun to take a trip back to the '80s and reminisce over costume choices (SO MANY SEQUINS), jazz layouts and 3-D bangs—all performed on the smallest of (carpeted) sound stages. Though many of these performers went on to pursue other life choices, occasionally you stumble upon someone you recognize, like Anthony (AC) Ciulla. He's an Emmy award-winning and Tony Award-nominated choreographer who definitely made it big, but that's not gonna stop us from watching his "What a Feeling" (from Flashdance) performance over and over again:
When she was 20, Sue Sampson-Dalena rented a single room in a strip mall on the deserted north side of Fresno, California, with a simple dream. "I wanted to create a dance school where all disciplines were taught at a high level," she says. "In those days, you were either a ballet school or a tap-and-jazz school. So many people told me it couldn't be done that I decided I was going to try."
Thirty-five years later, The Dance Studio of Fresno has a faculty of 25 and a beautiful seven-studio facility. "I never envisioned I'd have this when I was 20 years old," she says of her 13,000-square-foot space. "But I did know even then that I loved education and all forms of dance and that I wanted to do this for the rest of my life." In 2015, Sampson-Dalena earned a rare honor. Her school was named Studio of the Year at The Dance Awards (produced by Break the Floor, NUVO and 24 Seven Dance conventions) and a top school by Youth America Grand Prix—a well-deserved validation that she'd indeed achieved her early goal.
Next month at the Dance Teacher Summit, we'll be honoring legendary choreographer, teacher and businessman Joe Tremaine with the Dance Teacher 2017 Award of Distinction. You may know him as the forward-thinking founder of Tremaine Dance Conventions, innovator of West Coast jazz or a choreographer to Hollywood's biggest stars. For our July 2017 cover story, Rose Eichenbaum photographed and interviewed Tremaine. But these Tremaine Dance Competitions & Conventions #TBT photos of him are just too good not to share—and far too evocative of his jazz classes, which Eichenbaum writes "included...high-powered lightning-speed combinations, which often left everyone dripping wet and in need of an oxygen tank." Scroll through for Tremaine's thoughts on what he's sought in his career and the state of dance today.
Jacob's Pillow has a long-standing tradition of showcasing the best in dance each summer in Becket, Massachusetts. But did you know that the festival, founded in 1933 by Ted Shawn, offers more than just great live performances? Check out the exhibits, talks and community classes being offered this summer.