DRYPP (drip)

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“…mesmerizing interplay of weight-play, film and live-performance play (…) I left the theater feeling like I had taken a breath of fresh air.”


A drop falls. Time breathes. Movement flows.

DRYPP (drip) is a response to the global initiatives sweeping the planet toward separatism and isolation as a human species. With movement and media, DRYPP attempts to draw parallels between this small, yet dynamic and intricate experience of human time with the grand scope of geological time, utilizing footage shot in remote areas above the arctic circle and in deep underground caverns. Set to a violin concert by composer Magnar Åm and a supporting soundscape, the piece is a reminder that this moment in time is just a “drip” in the vast narrative of human existence.


September 28 – Oct 1, 2017
CPR Center for Performance Research, New York (USA)

September 6 & 7, 2017
Leona Wagner Black Box Theater, Salt Lake City, UT (USA)

September 2, 2017
The Natural History Museum of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT (USA)
1pm & 3pm 

March 30, 2017
Arktisk Kultursenter, Hammerfest (Norway)

DRYPP is created by choreographer Einy Åm Sparks in collaboration with Stephanie Sleeper (costume and dance), Kevin Ho (dance), with Creative Director Kristy Dodson, Set/Lighting Designer Derek Van Heel and Cinematographer Tyler Sparks.

DRYPP was made possible through generous support from Arts Council Norway and Dansearena nord.

PHOTO: Tyler Sparks

DRYPP was created in close collaboration with the performers and collaborators.

EINY ÅM SPARKS           choreography, video editing and performance
STEPHANIE SLEEPER    costume and performance
KEVIN HO                       performance
TYLER SPARKS               cinematography
MAGNAR ÅM                   music
DEREK VAN HEEL           lighting design
KRISTY DODSON            production manager / creative director
MIKE WALL                      soundscape composer
YNGVE ÅM                       soundscape composer
EDDIE SERGI                    soundscape composer

KRISTY DODSON is a theatre maker and director of new works. Most recently, she directed Georgina Escobar’s THE BEACONS for the Clubbed Thumb Summer Works. She was the Founding Artistic Director of Overturn Theatre and is a Resident Director with New Light Theater Project and the Artistic Associate at Art House Productions. Her work has been presented and developed at: Lincoln Center Theater, The McCarter Theater at Princeton University, Dansearena Nord, Ensemble Studio Theater, Soho Playhouse, Theatre Row, 3LD, among others. She is also a dedicated teaching artist and disability advocate. http://www.kristy-dodson.com

Based in Brooklyn, NY, DEREK VAN HEEL’s designs have been seen across the U.S. and abroad, including The Metropolitan Museum, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Jazz at Lincoln Center, United Solo Europe, Off-Broadway, and the kinds of basements, bars, churches, and teeny-tiny rooms where New York theatre is often forged. Recent work includes projects with New York City Opera, Red Fern Theatre, Syracuse Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Curtis Institute of Music, Shreveport Opera, LeeSaar The Company, Shamel Pitts, Ren Gyo Soh, Scandinavian American Theatre, Origin Theatre, and The Civilians. BFA: University of Montana. MFA: NYU Tisch. http://www.derekvanheel.com

KEVIN HO (Taiwan/USA) currently resides in NYC. He was a member/rehearsal assistant of Tiffany Mills Company from 2010-15. As a performer, he has also had the recent pleasure of working with fantastic artists such as Steve Paxton, Michou Szabo, Mark Schmidt, and Christiana Axelsen. As a teacher, he has lectured in dance departments at Barnard College (of Columbia University), Manhattanville College, and NYU. Kevin is deeply committed to the daily discipline of embodied movement and research, specifically in [Contact] Improvisation and performance studies. In addition to dance, Kevin is now back in school studying software engineering and web development. Also, he loves to cook!

STEPHANIE SLEEPER is a choreographer, performer, and costume designer. Her choreography has been shown at Roulette, Incubator Arts, Dixon Place, at Joe’s Pub, Triskelion Arts, the Wired Arts Fest and St. Marks on the Bowery. As a performer, she has worked with Ellis Wood, Liz Sargent, Amy Caron, SB Dance, RDT, and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. In addition to designing the costumes for her own work, she has designed for The Mark Morris Dance Group, Susan Hefner, EyeKnee Coordination, and SB Dance. She co-produced the monthly experimental performance series Studio A.I.R. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for eight years. http://www.sleepdance.org

TYLER SPARKS is a cinematographer and motion graphics designer, based in New York City, with more than a decade of experience in the advertising industry and the independent filmmaking world. http://www.tylersparks.com