I'm writing to ask you to SUPPORT a project that's dear to my heart. As you know, the planet is getting hotter and the polar ice caps are thawing - within 40 years the Arctic could be entirely ice-free during the summer months.

In 2014, I'm embarking on a project entitled Ice Melt, a collaboration with MIT oceanographer Dr. Larry Pratt. This dance-theater work will be an elegy to the Arctic and will re-imagine the region's icy splendor for the stage.

For years, my dancers and I have swirled voluminous costumes of white silk into spiraling sculptural forms. We have forged an idiom that's perfect for suggesting the blanched formations, rugged peaks and wind-whipped surfaces of ice. Ice Melt depicts loss and transformation on many levels, including the visual, kinetic and emotional. The work will be a multimedia experience utilizing projections and innovative lighting to conjure up the Arctic's eerie luminosity. 

This spring we begin developing the piece during a residency at Vassar College and we are planning showings in NYC and the Boston area. In conjunction with the performances, Larry and I will offer outreach programs facilitating conversations on climate change.

I have never felt more passionate about a project. I'm proud that Ice Melt has received support from NYC's Department of Cultural Affairs but to make this project a reality we still need your help. I would be thrilled if you could MAKE A CONTRIBUTION to support this project. Any amount you can give will be greatly appreciated.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and sustainable New Year!
Jody Sperling, Artistic Director | Time Lapse Dance

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Thank you for your support!
COMING UP: 2014 APAP Showcases
Please join us for two free studio showcase performances:
Saturday, January 11, from 1:00-1:30pm
Manhattan Movement Arts Center
248 West 60th Street, Studio 4 (between 10th & 11th Avenues) 

Sunday, January 12, from 4:45-5:15pm
The Ailey Studios, Studio 1A
405 West 55th Street (at Ninth Avenue)  

photo credits: top left, Adam Keller; above center: Jody Sperling