Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – movement

Anna Sperber

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – movement
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2017

Anna Sperber is a Brooklyn-based choreographer and performer. Her work has been described by The New York Times as “immediately compelling” and “wonderfully strange” with “moments of theatrical magic.” Her performances are rooted in the poetic potency of choreography and its potential for perceptual transformation, embodying a tension between formality and chaotic wildness.

Sperber received a 2022 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” award for Outstanding Choreographer / Creator for Bow Echo (2021). Her work has been presented and commissioned by The Kitchen, The Joyce Theater UNLEASHED Series, The Chocolate Factory, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Roulette, Gibney Dance, and Dance Theater Workshop in New York City, as well as by the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC. Sperber has received fellowships and residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, Bogliasco Foundation in Bogliasco Italy, the Marble House Project, as a Schonberg Fellow at Dance The Yard, Center for Performance Research, Gibney Dance DiP (Dance in Process), Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council on Governors Island, and Movement Research. Her work has been supported by New Music USA Live Music for Dance, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, and Brooklyn Arts Council.

Sperber has collaborated extensively with esteemed experimental composers and live musicians as well as visual designers in New York City. These interdisciplinary collaborations are crucial to the integration of visual and sonic landscapes with the moving body in her work. As a performer, she has worked with many New York-based choreographers including luciana achugar and Juliette Mapp.

Sperber was a co-founder of classclassclass, designed to nurture new dance teachers while offering reduced class rates, and has taught as a guest artist at American Dance Festival, Movement Research, Freeskewl, Gibney Dance, Hunter College, George Washington University, and Wayne State University. Sperber founded and ran BRAZIL, a studio and intimate performance space in Bushwick, Brooklyn from 2004 to 2014 and Sunset Space from 2019-2020.

She began the initial research and developed new material for Wealth from the Salt Seas while in residence at MacDowell.



Anna Sperber worked in the Nef studio.

Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…

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