SOUND~EARTH~MOTION: A Dance of Harmony and Awareness

New York, NY – The New York Society for Ethical Culture (NYSEC) and Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance (TLD) are set to present an enchanting evening of dance and music titled SOUND~EARTH~MOTION on Saturday, June 1, 2024. This remarkable event, beginning at 7 pm, will feature the innovative choreography of NYSEC Eco-Artist-in-Residence Jody Sperling along with her esteemed Time Lapse Dance ensemble. Following the performance, a gala event at 8 pm promises an intimate gathering of art, conversation, and culinary delights. Highlighting the event are live musical performances by the acclaimed composer Matthew Burtner, distinguished musicians from The MET Orchestra, and the talented pianist Jeffrey Middleton.

The performance is a celebration of the decade-long collaborative effort between choreographer Jody Sperling and environmental composer Matthew Burtner, focusing on humanity’s intricate connection with nature. Attendees are invited to immerse themselves in a showcase that explores the dynamic relationship between human movement and environmental influences.

Tickets to the spectacle are available starting at $20, with gala entry beginning at $125. In light of the limited availability, especially for the gala portion, prospective attendees are encouraged to secure their tickets in advance. Further information and ticket purchases can be found by visiting Eventbrite.

The evening’s repertoire includes “Arbor” (2023), a contemplation on the intimacy and interconnectedness of trees, represented through the spiraling and billowing movements of dancers adorned in costumes that evoke the essence of tree limbs. Another notable performance, “Wind Rose” (2019), utilizes the ensemble’s signature style influenced by dance icon Loïe Fuller to render the changing atmospheric patterns through a multisensory experience.

Also gracing the stage is a rare performance of Sperling’s solo “Clair de lune” (2005), a masterful evocation of a moonlit night that promises to captivate the audience with its supernatural ambiance. Each of these performances is enhanced by innovative costumes and award-winning lighting, transforming the stage into a living, breathing entity embodying the forces of nature.

The gala following the performance will offer guests the exclusive opportunity to interact with the artists, including choreographer Jody Sperling and the Time Lapse Dance ensemble, alongside community members and enthusiasts in a setting filled with sparking wine and light dinner fare.

This event is not just a performance; it’s an immersive experience designed to deepen our understanding of the environment and our place within it. SOUND~EARTH~MOTION invites audiences to reflect on their connection to the earth through the medium of dance, fostering a sense of community and shared responsibility towards our planet.

Alice Lange
Alice Lange
Alice Lange is passionate about music. She has been part of several groups in the production side and has now decided to bring her experience to the field of journalism. She also reviews movies and television and participates in various events.
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