Have you ever heard of a “Wind Rose?” Despite the flowery name, the term actually applies to something rather high-tech. It’s the graphic tool meteorologists use every day to represent a wind’s direction, speed and location. For Time Lapse choreographer Jody Sperling, the moniker also serves as a source of inspiration: She titled her latest performance piece, which raises awareness about climate change, after the device.
“I thought, let’s make choreography that creates its own signature wind rose, generating sculptural air currents that the audience can experience,” Sperling told ALL ARTS in a recent interview. Her piece is one of several free performances included in the Upper West Side’s Spot For Dance: A Micro Movement Festival and Community Zone. The festival is presented by Sperling and Community Board 7 as part of International Park(ing) Day, in which thousands of parking spots across the globe are converted into terminals for creative arts.
Five dancers are taking over several parking spaces on Broadway between W. 100th and 101st Streets for the performance. Decked in white silk costumes, they’ll imitate and harness the natural wind around them. “I’ve always been interested in air because you can’t see it but it’s pressing all around you and keeps you whole,” Sperling said. “When you move, you push air out of the way, sending it into swirling eddies. I like to choreograph that wake — your impact in the world.”
Although Time Lapse has performed “Wind Rose” before, Friday marks the first time it will be presented on the street. “We are so used to seeing cars lined up next to the curb, we never think about what else we could do with that real estate — so many wonderful things,” Sperling said.
For more details about Spot for Dance, head over to its website.
Other free events happening in NYC this week:
NYT Mag Live: Listen to the World
FIAF French Institute Alliance, Manhattan
Sept. 20; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
In celebration of the The New York Times Magazine’s annual Voyages issue, producers and photographers traveled to 11 different countries to record and document sounds from across the world. Guests will get a first listen of the soundtrack and hear from editors and acoustic ecologists about the experience. Seating is first come first serve. Registration is recommended.
Tony Dapolito Rec Center, Manhattan
Sept. 20; 6 p.m.
There are worse things you could do with your Thursday night than attend a free “Grease” singalong. Presented by New York City Department of Parks & Recreation as part of its “Movies Under the Stars” series, the screening celebrates the film’s 40th anniversary and will kick off with a 6 p.m. hula hoop contest.
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
Sept. 22; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day is an annual collaboration between hundreds of museums and cultural institutions nationwide. Organized by the Smithsonian, participating locations wave all ticket fees in an effort to boost cultural offerings to underserved communities. There are at least 100 New York institutions partaking in this year’s event. Attendees should print out an online ticket to the museum of their choice.
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn
Sept. 20-23; check website for time details
It’s the last weekend to check out Photoville, an annual celebration of photography that brings together the work of more than 600 visual artists. Presented by United Photo Industries, exhibits are housed in shipping containers that allow visitors to travel through a maze of stellar work.
Top Image: Courtesy of Time Lapse Dance