Cid Pearlman


With a movement vocabulary that shifts between a rough-and-tumble physicality, intricate partnering and moments of delicate touch, Cid Pearlman’s choreography subtly disrupts traditional notions of desire, gender, and friendship. Her work has been presented by numerous venues including Joyce SoHo (New York City), Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Tallinn, Estonia), the Getty Center (Los Angeles), Theater Artaud (San Francisco) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (San Diego). From 1991-1999 Cid was the artistic director of San Francisco’s critically acclaimed Nesting Dolls. In 1999 she relocated to Los Angeles, establishing herself as an independent choreographer and producer. Her most recent collaborations have been with composers Joan Jeanrenaud, formerly of Kronos Quartet, and Jonathan Segel of Camper Van Beethoven. In addition to her own works, Cid has choreographed for film, opera and theater. Her evening length dance, “High Fall,” won the 2002 Lester Horton Award for Visual Design, and 2006’s “small variations” was nominated for two Horton Awards. During the 2009-10 academic year Cid was a Fulbright Scholar in Estonia, teaching at Tallinn University and collaborating with Estonian dance artists. She co-coordinated “Imagining Bodies,” an academic symposium at Tallinn University, exploring how dance and body based practices intersect with dialectics of nation and identity across shifting global terrains and economies. At the end of her year in Estonia Cid's choreography, featuring Estonian, American and French dancers, was presented by KorFest at Kanuti Gildi SAAL in Tallinn, and by NoTaFe in Viljandi. She returned Estonia in 2011 to create new work for the Hiiumaa Dance Festival, and will do so again in 2012. Cid received her BA in World Arts and Cultures and her MFA in Dance from the University of California, Los Angeles. After completing her graduate studies in 2006, she moved to Santa Cruz, California, where she teaches in the Theater Arts Department at UC Santa Cruz and the Dance Department at Cabrillo College. Her work has received support from the Fulbright Program of the U.S. Department of State, The U.S. Embassy/Estonia, Eesti Kultuurkapital, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the San Francisco Art Commission, the Zellerbach Family Fund, the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the American Composers Forum and the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County.


Tallinn, Estonia