Jody Sperling was honored among 80 international artists by Human Impact Institute’s Creative Climate Awards with a prize for her “Ice Floe” video. Sperling had the unique opportunity to travel to the Arctic to dance. She participated in a science mission to the Chukchi Sea, north of the Bering Strait, as the first-ever choreographer-in-residence aboard the USCGC Healy. During the journey, she danced on sea ice at a dozen ice deployments. The footage from these in situ performances has been edited here by Ben Harden and Amanda Kowalski into a short movie. To ready Sperling’s blog from the trip see: timelapsedance.com/arctic-spring. Click to read about Sperling’s upcoming work Ice Cycle.
CREDITS: Choreography & Performance: Jody Sperling Video Editing: Ben Harden & Amanda Kowalski Camera: Frank Bahr, Pierre Coupel & Jody Sperling Music: Beo Morales & Brooks Williams Costume Design: Mary Jo Mecca & Gina Nagy Burns in collaboration with Jody Sperling Costume Construction: Mary Jo Mecca | Costume Painting: Gina Nagy Burns
Special thanks to the entire HLY1401 crew and science party, especially Robert Pickart, Chris Polashenski, the Taukuvik team, BMCM Tim Sullivan, Executive Officer Stanclik and Captain Reeves.