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. Her work has been presented by numerous venues including ODC Theater, Joyce SoHo, Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Estonia), the Getty Center, Theatre Artaud and the Museum of Contemporary Art/San Diego. Pearlman is a 2020-2021 Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship Nominee. Among other honors she has received a Fulbright Award from the US Department of State, and she has been twice awarded a Djerassi Resident Artist Fellowship.
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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