Movers & Shapers: Jody Sperling

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

PODCAST No.100 – Jody Sperling

 

Release Date: 5.23.20

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ABOUT JODY

Jody Sperling is dancer-choreographer from NYC and the Founder/Artistic Director of Time Lapse Dance. She has created 45+ works including many furthering the legacy of modern dance pioneer Loie Fuller (1862-1928). Considered the preeminent Fuller stylist, Sperling has expanded the genre into the 21st century, deploying it in the context of contemporary and environmental performance forms. She was nominated for a 2017 World Choreography Award for her work on the French feature film “The Dancer” (premiere 2016 Cannes Film Festival) inspired by Fuller’s life and Sperling’s work is also prominently featured in a forthcoming Fuller documentary.

Years of working in Fuller’s idiom, which involves kinesphere-expanding costumes, has influenced Sperling’s awareness of the body’s relationship with the larger environment. In 2014, she participated in a polar science mission to the Arctic as the first, and to date only, choreographer-in-residence aboard a US Coast Guard icebreaker. During the expedition, she danced on Arctic sea ice and made the short dance film Ice Floe, winner of a Creative Climate Award. Following that experience, Sperling has developed programs transporting the icescape to the stage and incorporating climate outreach. Current projects focus on creating visual-kinetic narratives merging choreography and climate science. She is developing a performance practice called eco-kinetics exploring the relationship of the moving body to the environment.

More info:

Time Lapse Dance’s 20th Anniversary Season Online

Time Lapse Dance on YouTube

Time Lapse Dance on Facebook

 

 

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Theme Music: Adam Crawley whose music can be found at djplie.com

This podcast episode is in partnership with JAM.  JAM is the home of dance entrepreneur Jessica Marino, providing artist management services and industry shopping. jamdancer.com, networking for dance and bringing ideas to the spotlight.

Movers & Shapes: From the Field no. 2

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

PODCAST No.99 – From the Field no. 2

Release Date: 4.30.20

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On this special episode of “Movers & Shapers: A Dance Podcast” we have for you a wide array of artists working in the dance field who are each trying to navigate what the coronaviris crisis means to them and the work they do. Inspiring, honest, hopeful, hear from Jessica Chen, Zoee Marsh, Miles Norton, Aria Roach, Mark DeGarmo, and Isabel Bowser.

 

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Theme Music: Adam Crawley whose music can be found at djplie.com

This podcast episode is in partnership with JAM.  JAM is the home of dance entrepreneur Jessica Marino, providing artist management services and industry shopping. jamdancer.com, networking for dance and bringing ideas to the spotlight.

Movers & Shapers: Alla Kovgan

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

PODCAST No.98 – Alla Kovgan

Release Date: 4.9.20

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ABOUT ALLA

Born in Moscow, Kovgan has divided her time between Europe and the U.S., bringing two decades of experience working with dance and film on screen, VR and in theatre, as well as a strong record as a documentary writer and editor. Her film NORA, about Zimbabwe-born choreographer Nora Chipaumire, has been presented at over 120 festivals, received 30 awards in every genre, and was broadcast on ARTE/ZDF, PBS, TV3 (Spain), NRK (Norway) and SVT (Sweden). Within the last decade, Alla co-directed, co-wrote and edited an Emmy®-nominated TRACES OF THE TRADE (Sundance, PBS) and MOVEMENT REVOLUTION AFRICA (ZDF/ARTE), which the Village Voice described as a “knockout.” Alla also edited MY PERESTROIKA (Sundance, PBS, Silverdocs, Full Frame). Her first VR piece with Finnish music duo Puhti DEVIL’S LUNGS won numerous awards, including the Grand Prix at the Vienna Shorts Festival, which made her an artist-in-residence at Vienna’s Museum Quarter 21 in 2019.  She is a recipient of many grants and awards, including a Poynter Fellowship at Yale University, a Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, and the Brother Thomas Fellowship for artists working at a high level of excellence and creativity.

ABOUT CUNNINGHAM FILM

Cunningham traces Merce Cunningham’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944–1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in post-war New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers. The documentary weaves together Merce’s philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey into his innovative work. A breathtaking explosion of dance, music and never-before-seen archival material, Cunningham is a timely tribute to one of the world’s greatest modern dance artists.

More info:

Kinodance Company (Alissa Cardone, Dedalus Wainwright): kinodance.com
Trailer: www.cunninghammovie.com
“Cunningham” 3D Film: www.cunninghammovie.com
Purchase DVD:  Amazon.com

 

Movers & Shapers: From the Field

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MOVERS & SHAPERS:

PODCAST No.97 – From the Field

Release Date: 3.26.20

TO DOWNLOAD PODCAST OR LISTEN:

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    • Stitcher: Subscribe and Listen HERE

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On this special episode of “Movers & Shapers: A Dance Podcast” we have for you a wide array of artists working in the dance field who are each trying to navigate what the coronaviris crisis means to them and the work they do. Inspiring, honest, hopeful, hear from Megan Mizanty, Ariel Grossman, Eduardo Villaro, Anabella Lenzu, Stephanie Acosta, and Eva Yaa Asantewaa.

 

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Theme Music: Adam Crawley whose music can be found at djplie.com

This podcast episode is in partnership with JAM.  JAM is the home of dance entrepreneur Jessica Marino, providing artist management services and industry shopping. jamdancer.com, networking for dance and bringing ideas to the spotlight.

MSP: Connection

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Movers & Shapers: A Dance Podcast
Spring 2020

Call for Submissions
First Call: Friday, March 20th, 12pm
Second Call: Thursday, April 23rd, 12pm 

What a time we have entered.  With the spread of COVID-19 causing dance spaces, classes, theaters, performances, rehearsals, and seasons to come to an abrupt halt, we are left to navigate our lives in new ways. And we don’t know for how long. We have the practical side to think about – paying the bills, continuing to train and move our bodies, not knowing what to make of unknown schedules and timelines.  And we have the spiritual side – how we need the community and intimate bonds dance brings, how we need to create and move.  And we think of our future health, our family’s health, our friends’ health. So how are we going to get through this?

My guess is the only way we know how. Connection. Coming together, listening to each other, learning from each other, being with each how we can – something the dance field already does well.  What are your new points of view, struggles, resources, thoughts, or fears at this time to address these spiritual and practical issues?

Let us hear your voice! Anyone in the dance field – dancers, choreographers, collaborators, educators, writers, directors, scholars, administrators, record for us your thoughts. We will put your responses together for a special upcoming Movers & Shapers episode.  And if you have a lot to say, we will keep rolling them out.

How to Submit An Audio Clip to moversandshaperspodcast[at]gmail.com
First Call: Friday, March 20th, 12pm
Second Call: Thursday, April 23rd, 12pm 

  1. Use your phone to record up to 3 minutes of your spoken thoughts.  Use the “Voice Memos” program that is automatically on your iPhone, or download “Smart Voice Recorder” if you have an Android (see further directions below). Make sure there is no background noise by recording in a quiet space.
  2. State your name and where you are calling from at beginning of recording.
  3. Before you send, listen to it and make sure all words are audible (we will not be able to use bad audio).
  4. Name your audio clip MSP “LastName” (ex.  MSP CarlisleNorton)
  5. Email audio clip to moversandshaperspodcast[at]gmail.com. You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of sending.
  6. A variety of responses will be used in our upcoming podcast(s).  While we can’t guarantee all recordings will be used, we will do our best to feature a wide array of insights reflective of the responses.
  7. Thank you for sharing.

Directions for Recording Audio on an iPhone

  1. Open “Voice Memos” program that comes installed on your phone.
  2. To begin, tap red button. Voice recording will start. As you record, you will see the changing audio level meter and the working time counter.
  3. You can stop the recording by tapping the red button a second time. After you finish recording, you will be able to use the Trim function. It enables you to trim the unwanted fragments from the start and end of the recording.
  4. To save the audio file, tap the Done button in the new window, enter its name and tap Save (name it MSP “Lastname”). The newly recorded file will appear in the voice memos list.
  5. Hit the 3 dots on the left side of screen, and “Share” through Mail and email.  If this does not work, you may need to “Airdrop” to your computer and send from there.

Directions for Recording Audio on an Android

  1. Find in the App Store Google Play app Smart Voice Recorder.  Download and install.
  2. To start recording, tap the red button or the Start Recording button. While you are recording, the big red button will show how much time has passed since you started recording. Above this button you will see the recording level indicator.
  3. To end the recording, tap the Finish button. A new window will open where the audio file can be saved. The default file name is automatically generated. Change the name to MSP “Lastname”.
  4. The saved audio files list will open, containing the newly created audio file. The audio file entry contains the date it was created, its length, and size. The entry also contains a way to manage playback. You can listen to the recorded audio file.
  5. To select an option for sharing the file, tap and hold your finger on the audio file’s entry until a new window opens, showing a list of additional actions available for that audio file. Select “Share…”. A window will open, showing the available options for sending the desired file and email. If this does not work, you may also send to “Dropbox” if you have it installed and email from there.