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Cid Pearlman

Lecturer in Dance

Cid Pearlman makes dances about how we negotiate being together in a complex world. Her work has been presented at numerous venues including ODC Theater, Joyce SoHo, Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Estonia), Stockholm City Hall, the Getty Center, Theatre Artaud, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, and the Museum of Contemporary Art/San Diego. 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. Committed to working with contemporary composers, past performances have featured collaborations with Joan Jeanrenaud, Jonathan Segel, Albert Mathias, 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.

Education and Training: 
BA, University of California at Los Angeles
MFA, University of California at Los Angeles
Shodan/Nidan (Black Belt), Aikido of Santa Cruz
Teaching Interests: 

Choreography, Improvisation, Dance Studies, Dance & Gender, Performance Studies, Aikido for Movement Artists, Self-Producing in the (Performing) Arts

Selected Performances: 
  • The All Joan Show (2018)- Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco; Motion Pacific, Santa Cruz
  • Bluets #1-40 (2018)- Mainstage Theater, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Killud toovad õnne (2016)- Hiiumaa Dance Festival, Hiiumaa, Estonia
  • Economies of Effort: 3 (2016)- Felix Kulpa Gallery, Santa Cruz; Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco
  • Economies of Effort: 2 (2015)- Hiiumaa Dance Festival, Hiiumaa, Estonia; Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Economies of Effort: 1 (2015-2016)- Mills College, Oakland; Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco; Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History; and Motion Pacific, Santa Cruz; Pieter Performance Space, Los Angeles; Cabrillo College, Aptos
  • Your Body is Not a Shark (2013)- ODC Theater, San Francisco; Motion Pacific, Santa Cruz
  • Kasvuhoone/Green House (2012)- Hiiumaa America Days, US Embassy Event, Estonia; Hiiumaa Dance Festival, Kanuti Gildi SAAL; Hiiumaa Dance Festival, Hiiumaa, Estonia
  • This is what we do in winter/From Estonia With Love Tour (2012)- San Francisco International Arts Festival, San Francisco; Motion Pacific, Santa Cruz; UCLA/Glorya Kaufman Hall, Los Angeles; Live Arts LA, Los Angeles
  • Fire Sale (2008-2009)- Joyce SoHo, New York City; Diavolo Dance Space, Los Angeles; Tannery Arts Center, Santa Cruz; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego; CounterPULSE, San Francisco; The 418 Project, Santa Cruz
  • small variations (2006-2007)- Sushi Performance and Visual Art/UC San Diego, San Diego; The 418 Project, Santa Cruz; CounterPULSE, San Francisco; Glorya Kaufman Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles
  • Strange Toys (2003-2004)- Joyce SoHo Presents, New York City; Kinross Theater, UCLA, Los Angeles; Wray Theater, Whittier; Western Sky Studios, Berkeley; Electric Lodge, Venice
Honors and Awards: 
  • Arts Council Santa Cruz County (2017-2018)
  • City Arts Santa Cruz (2016)
  • Arts Council Santa Cruz County (2015-2016)
  • Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava, Estonia, Artist Residency (2015)
  • US Embassy, Estonia (2015)
  • William & Flora Hewlett Foundation (2014-2015)
  • Zellerbach Family Foundation (2014-2015)
  • Arts Council Santa Cruz County (2014-2015)
  • Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, Artist Residency (2014)
  • Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County (2012-2013)
  • Zellerbach Family Foundation (2012-2013)
  • Rainin Opportunity Fund at ODC Theater (2012-2013)
  • CA$H Grant (2012-2013)
  • U.S. Embassy, Estonia (2011, 2012)
  • Eesti Kultuurkapital (2010)
  • Fulbright Scholar (2009-2010)
  • Djerassi Resident Artist Program (2008)
  • Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County (2007-2008)
  • Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County (2008-2009)
  • Lester Horton Award Nominee, Choreography, Small Ensemble (2006)
  • Lester Horton Award, Visual Design (2002)
  • Djerassi Resident Artist Program (2002)
  • Los Angeles County Arts Commission (2001-2002)
  • American Composers Forum (1998)
  • Artist-in-Residence, ODC Theater (1997-1999)
  • San Francisco Art Commission (1996-1997)
  • Walter & Elise Haas Foundation (1996)
  • The Zellerbach Family Fund (1995, 1996, 1998, 1999)
Selected Presentations: 
  • Dance Studies Association Conference, Ohio State University, 2017- Economies of Effort
  • CORD/DHS Conference, Iowa State University, 2014- Your Body is Not a Shark: Discourses of Somatic and Poetic Engagement on the Page and the Stage


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