30 September 2023

Autumn ‘23 News

Peter Sparling - Autumn ‘23 News image

I created and directed Dance the Rainbow… Or Dismantling the Patriarchy to Make Way for Free Expression in September at a new live-work & performance  space, Commongrounds/The Alluvion, in Traverse City, MI. Joining me were dancers Ben Cheney, Katie Dorn, Yali Rivlin, Finley Van Patten and Leslie Williams,  with double bass player Paul Erhard performing the lively musical score. The lecture-demonstration celebrated Up North Pride Week and the installation of my paintings and banners. My solo show of paintings,Dancing up the Walls: Solos, Duets & Trios on Canvas is featured during October at 22 North Gallery in Ypsilanti, MI.  (22north.org) My video, Seven Elegies,( https://vimeo.com/345197603) was selected for Wealthy Theatre Presents: Experimental Selections from Open Projector Night presented at The Grand Rapids Art Museum between October 7th to January 14th. My video animation, Picture This, (https://vimeo.com/797962506)  is being screened in Screen Dance International’s Detroit and Ann Arbor programs in September-October. I will be guest artist at Cincinnati College-Conservatory’s dance program in mid-October, and my choreography for Waltz of the Flowers will highlight Crooked Tree School of Ballet’s annual “Nutcracker” production in December at Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Petoskey.