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Peter Sparling

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Photoformance: Long Lie Down, March, 2011 Video © Peter Sparling
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Paris Accelerations, October, 2010 Video © Peter Sparling
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Paris Accelerations, October, 2010 Video © Peter Sparling
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black body, July, 2011 Video © Peter Sparling
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black body, July, 2011 Video © Peter Sparling
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Paris Accelerations, October, 2010 Video © Peter Sparling
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In Memorium: Shirley Verrett, November, 2010 Video © Peter Sparling
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In Memorium: Shirley Verrett, november, 2010 © Peter Sparling
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Patient Spider, January 2011 Video © Peter Sparling
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Patient Spider, January, 2011 Video © Peter Sparling
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Patient Spider, January, 2011 Video © Peter Sparling
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Patient Spider, January, 2011 Video © Peter Sparling
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Patient Spider, January, 2011 Video © Peter Sparling
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Patient Spider, January, 2011 Video © Peter Sparling
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Patient Spider, January, 2011 Video © Peter Sparling
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Patient Spider, January, 2011 Video © Peter Sparling
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Man in the Moon, December, 2011 Video © Peter Sparling
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Detroit
Birth year
1951
Lives in
Ann Arbor
Works in
University of Michigan
Schools
Interlochen Arts Academy, 1966
The Juilliard School, 1969, BFA/Dance
Tags
mixed-media, installation, video-art, performance, surrealism, exhibition/performance
Statement

 

Peter Sparling is Thurnau Professor of Dance at University of Michigan, A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and The Juilliard School, Sparling was a member of the José Limón Dance Company and principal dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company. He has performed and staged Graham’s works all over the world and has appeared on PBS Dance in America. He has had extensive experience as artistic director, (Peter Sparling Dance Company), choreographer, performer, teacher (U-M Distinguished Faculty Award and 1998 Governor’s Michigan Artist Award), lecturer, video artist, writer (Ballet Review), collaborator, administrator (former chair, U-M Dance Department) and dance/arts consultant. His dances for video have been selected for numerous international dance on camera festivals, including the 2007 New York Dance on Camera Festival, the 2008 American Dance Festival Dance Film & Video Festival and DANCE:FILMS Glasgow. His made-for-TV work, Climbing Sainte-Victoire, was broadcast on Michigan Television in 2009, and he collaborated with Ernestine Ruben, photographer, to produce video murals for Photoformance at UM Museum of Art in 2011. He has presented at Society of Dance History Scholars and recently co-chaired the groundbreaking conference, Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance, at U-M. His video montage, Beautiful Captives: Martha Graham and the Cinematic Id, will open each performance of the Martha Graham Dance Company for its New York season in March, 2012. He lives in Ann Arbor with his partner, John Gutoskey, a visual artist.