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Peter Sparling

Rudolf Arnheim Distinguished Professor of Dance

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 on PBS's Dance in America. He has had extensive experience as artistic director, (Peter Sparling Dance Company/Dance Gallery Foundation), choreographer, performer, teacher (U-M Distinguished Faculty Award), lecturer, video artist, writer (Ballet Review), collaborator, administrator (former chair, U-M Dance Department) and dance/arts consultant. A videographer and teacher of screendance at U-M, his videodance Babel was selected for the 2007 New York Dance on Camera Festival, the 2008 American Dance Festival Dance Film & Video Festival and has toured the world. His made-for-TV work, Climbing Sainte-Victoire, was broadcast on Michigan Television in April 2009, and he collaborated with Ernestine Ruben, photographer, to produce video murals for Photoformance at U-M Museum of Art (UMMA) in 2011. He has presented at Society of Dance History Scholars and will co-chair a conference, Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance at U-M in 2012. He lives with his partner, John Gutoskey, a visual artist.

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