Boston Cyberarts 2005 Festival Event

Sun 04/24/2005
Wheelchair accessible

Early modern dancer Loie Fuller created a unique art form by crafting mesmerizing, multi-media spectacles out of fabric, motion, color and light. Given today’s interest in technology and performance, it’s fascinating to look at the ingenious ways Fuller harnessed and advanced stage technology from the 1890s through the 1920s. Using electric lighting, specially-engineered effects, and magic-lantern projections, Fuller enraptured fin de siècle Paris—she was a favorite subject of visual artists and became embodiment of the Art Nouveau spirit.

In this presentation, Jody Sperling offers a slide-show of images of Fuller’s dance and spells out some of the issues the work provoked in its use of technology. The presentation concludes with the performance of Sperling’s original choreography, Dance of the Elements, a luminous tribute to Fuller’s magic. Time Lapse Dance gives 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.

Founder and Artistic Director Jody Sperling is a dancer, choreographer, and dance scholar from New York City. She has gained international recognition for her re-interpretations of Fuller’s art. She has performed at many local venues, in other US and Canadian cities, and in Yaroslavl, Russia. She has also as presented lectures and lecture-demonstrations on topics in dance history at colleges, universities, festivals, and conferences in the US, Canada, and Europe. The company’s 2005 season will be held at the Harry de Jur Playhouse at the Henry Street Settlement on June 23-26.

Sun, April 24, 2pm

Admission to Jody Sperling's performance is included in the Ideas in Motion Conference cost. General $30/day or $50 for both days; students $24/day or $38 for both days. Admission to the Conference may be purchased through a secure server here.

This event is part of Ideas in Motion: Innovations in Dance, Movement & Technology, a 2005 Boston Cyberarts conference and event series.

Boston Cyberarts at the Dance Theatre at Boston University
915 Commonwealth Avenue with the entrance opposite 25 Buick St.
Boston, MA 02215 


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