For two decades Cid Pearlman’s choreography has worked to subtly disrupt traditional notions of desire, gender and friendship. Inspired by the resilience, fragility, and resourcefulness of the human body, Pearlman makes dances about how we negotiate being together in a complex world. Among other honors she is the recipient of the 2020-2021 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship. Pearlman received a Fulbright Award from the US Department of State, and has been twice awarded a Djerassi Resident Artist Fellowship. Her work has been presented at numerous venues including ODC Theater, Joyce SoHo, Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Estonia), the Getty Center, Stockholm City Hall, Theatre Artaud and the Museum of Contemporary Art/San Diego.
Creating work in California and Estonia, Pearlman’s current projects experiment with ways to engage audiences with dance so that they feel valued and included. The company recently completed a triptych of works on the themes of “economy,” and in 2016 all works produced by Cid Pearlman Performance were free to audiences.
Pearlman is committed to working with contemporary composers, and past performances have featured collaborations with Joan Jeanrenaud, Albert Mathias, Jonathan Segel, Erling Wold, Haroon Tahir, Kaarel Kõivupuu and Johannes Ahun. In addition to creating dances for her company, Pearlman has choreographed for film, opera and theater.
Pearlman's choreography has received support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Eesti Kultuurkapital, CA$H, the Rainin Opportunity Fund at ODC Theater, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the San Francisco Art Commission, the Zellerbach Family Fund, the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, the American Composers Forum and the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County. Pearlman received a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from UCLA in 2006, holds a Black Belt in Aikido (Nidan), and is currently on the faculty of the Department ofTheater Arts at UC Santa Cruz and the Dance Department at Cabrillo College.
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