Dancing on the Street with Plastic Bags

As a belated celebration of Earth Day (which is Thursday, April 22), a festive afternoon of dance, art and music will be taking place this Saturday, April 24 on West 103rd between West End Avenue and Broadway. StreetopiaUWS, Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance, and the West 103rd Street Open Streets Community Coalition announce “Street Arts: An Earth Day Celebration.” Performances will aim to “demonstrate the healing qualities and joyful expression that happen when neighbors come together in community.”

The program includes performances by Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance, jill sigman/thinkdance, the Max Dolgin Trio Plus, Songs to Inspire with Chelsie Nectow and Eric Parker, and Met Orchestra Musicians. The All Street Journal will be orchestrating participatory muraling while Bridge for Dance and Harmony by Karate offer free family classes.


At 2pm, Time Lapse Dance will present the latest iteration of “Plastic Harvest,” a collaboration between choreographer Jody Sperling and composer Matthew Burtner which investigates plastic pollution.

[ See our past coverage of these performances from September 2020 and September 2019 ]

Radically transformed by costuming fashioned from hundreds of plastic bags the dancers (Sperling, Maki Kitahara and Andrea Trager) will appear as plastic monsters foraging and frolicking in their street habitat. Collected over months from family, friends and neighbors, these plastic bags will serve as a visual and kinetic archeology of our current moment. (Costumes by Lauren Gaston).

Company: Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance
Dancers: Jody Sperling (left), Andrea Trager (right)
Photographer: Randall Fox
Piece: Plastic Harvest
(Taken at WE Walk 2020)

Time Lapse Dance will also perform excerpts from “Bunhead’s Back,” the comic and poignant portrayal of a Vegas ballerina who discovers her head is screwed on backwards. TLD’s Maki Kitahara performs in an ingenious mask created by Erin K. Orr. The piece is an updated revisiting of Sperling’s original choreography from 1998.

Company: jill sigman/thinkdance
Dancer: Jill Sigman (foreground)
Photographer: Jody Sperling
(Taken at WE Walk 2020)

In a nod to the pandemic moment, jill sigman/thinkdance shares an improvisation “healing (trying)” with dancers Dani Cole, Donna Costello, Malaika Rinyire, Jill Sigman, Mary Suk, Kayva Yang, and Rishauna Zumberg.

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During their furlough from the MET Opera in April 2020, the MET Orchestra Musicians have actively performed and taught to keep the music alive. A string quartet of MET Orchestra Musicians will present a lively selection of music by Mozart, Joplin, and other composers.

Met Orchestra Musicians
At WE Walk 2020
Photographer: Jason Bahor


  • 12-12:30pm – Max Dolgin Trio Plus
  • 12:30-1pm – Bridge for Dance – FREE family class
  • 1-1:45pm – jill sigman/thinkdance
  • 2-2:45pm – Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance
  • 3-3:30pm – Max Dolgin Trio Plus
  • 3:30-4pm – Harmony by Karate – FREE family class
  • 4-4:30pm – Met Orchestra Musicians
  • 4:45-5:15pm – Songs to Inspire – Chelsie Nectow & Eric Parker

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