(home)Body is a collaboration between choreographer/director Cid Pearlman, video artist Mara Milam, poet/dramaturge Denise Leto, four commissioned poets, nineteen movement artists, composer Jonathan Segel, and an amazing video crew. It premiered at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, as part of the Rydell Fellows' exhibition, January–March 2022.
(home)Body invokes complex relationships between embodiment and place. We explore questions such as What does it feel like to be at home in your body? What are embodied experiences of home across intersections of identities and expressions? With a multiplicity of voices, dancers and poetic imaginaries, the work speaks to ideas centering home and body through personal, experimental, and topical approaches. The films involve site-specific and immersive environments both natural and built. Spaces and bodies interact in a collaborative and choreographic conversation.
Artistic Director: Cid Pearlman
Choreography: Cid Pearlman in collaboration with the performers
Video Artist: Mara Milam
Lead Poet/Dramaturge: Denise Leto
Bios for (home)Body Lead Artists
(home)Body Poets: JJJJJerome Ellis, Naomi Ortiz, Willie X. Lin, Tanaya Winder
Bios & photos for (home)Body Poets
Performer/Choreographic Collaborators: Jesse Bie, Lisa Brenner, Jet Cawiezell, Angela Chambers, Gerald Casel, Julia Daniel, Ana Elizabeth, Kevin Gaytan, Francis Garciá, David King, Collette Kollewe, Cynthia Ling Lee, Micha Scott, Cynthia Strauss, Alex Mannings, Lyndia McGauhey, Lazlo Pearlman, Alex Santana, Reba Thomas
Original Sound Scores: Jonathan Segel
Text Animation/Texture Design: Spencer Doughtie
Camera Operators: Nicholas Alheit, Prabhjot Randhawa
Camera Assistant: Erika Staud
Special Thanks: Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Lens Fire Films, UCSC Arboretum, UCSC Music Department, UCSC Online Education, Radius Gallery, Motion Pacific, Cabrillo Dance, Porter College
Semifinalists & Honorable Mentions
A spectacular number of submissions were sent to the project and we received each one with great respect and gratitude. The range of voices and poetic imaginaries in response to notions of home and body gave us an expansive collectivity of finesse and power from which to draw. Within this context, we are deeply honored to have the following poets with us. Their presence is a gift to home (Body).
Robyn Brooks, Dina El Dessouky, Meg Frances, Tse Hao Guang, Stephanie Heit, Petra Kuppers, Sarah Rosenthal, Michael Warr, Chun Yu
Rukhsar Ali, Mrinalini Harchandrai, Elizabeth Hassler,
Julia Lepe, Londeka Mduli, Elizabeth Upshur,
Patrice Vecchione, Tajinder Virdee
Cid Pearlman Performance
"The dancing...is big-boned, unself-conscious
and full of personality."
San Francisco Chronicle
"...intelligent, sensual choreography..."
San Francisco Bay Guardian
New York Times
“…brash wit and postpunk aesthetics…”
“Wit is a rare commodity in dance. Even more than its gentler cousin, humor, it demands a finely tuned eye and ability to observe with detachment without letting go of commitment. Cid Pearlman has what it takes.”
Rita Felciano, San Francisco Bay Guardian
“I want to live in the little societies that Cid Pearlman creates: people hold their ground when they need to, still they have an essential gentleness toward one another.”
Janice Steinberg, San Diego Union Tribute
"...Pearlman’s choreography, palpably influenced by punk-rock aesthetics, is a stirring fusion of aggressive attack and strong technical lyricism. Her voice, mature but quirky, speaks volumes about what it means to be making dances in a world dominated by trends without falling prey to their commercial lures.”
Sima Belmar, San Francisco Bay Guardian