Cid Pearlman Dance Performance “All Joan Show”


Laurie says:

Photo Beau Saunders

My daughter Cid Pearlman will present the All Joan Show, a retrospective of dances made in collaboration with remarkable San Francisco-based cellist and composer, Joan Jeanrenaud. (She was a 20 year member of the Kronos Quartet until she went on to solo work.) Shows are in San Francisco (Sept. 21st and 22nd) and Santa Cruz (Oct.19-21st).

As Claudia Bauer said in making the show her dance pick for the San Francisco Chronicle: Longtime collaborations yield rich rewards for choreographers and musicians, who can play off each other’s evolving ideas, talents and interests. The dances created over time can be just as fruitful for audiences, who get to contemplate their transformations and indulge in more work by artists who intrigue them.

I’ve watched Cid develop these works over time. I am continually impressed by both the aesthetics of her work, it’s strong and subtle social messages, and the quality of her dancers.

She is celebrating her long collaboration with Joan in an evening of three works: Strange Toys, small variations and Your Body is Not a Shark. Cid said that…I think Joan is one of the most extraordinary musicians and composers of her generation, and I feel lucky to have the opportunity to continue working with her.

In revisiting these old works, I’m conscious of making a place for the dancers to be themselves inside the dance. These works are not frozen records from my archive. I see them as living things because dancers are not interchangeable. And if the works have a handmade feeling, that’s by design. I want the selvage edge to show, for the seams to be visible, with threads waiting to be snipped off.

The earliest piece on the program, Strange Toys, a 10-minute duet for two women, had its New York premiere at the Joyce Soho in 2004. It was nominated for two Los Angeles Horton Awards,.

small variations premiered as a 30-minute sextet in 2006. For this program Cid is adapting the work for four female dancers. “In this reimagining of the work, the women are doing the lifting that the men originally did, and it’s exciting to see how they adapt this choreography to their bodies,” she said.

Finally, Your Body is Not a Shark, an evening-length work, premiered at ODC Theater in San Francisco in 2013. Four sections of the nine-part whole will be presented on this program, with the role of the author [poet], originally performed by Denise Leto, shared by the dancers.

The Santa Cruz dates will include a 10-minute world premiere for the full ensemble with a new score by Jeanrenaud. (The music for this and for all the works on the program will be played from studio recordings.)

The All Joan Show runs September 21 to 22 at the Joe Goode Annex in San Francisco, before moving to Santa Cruz for a three-evening engagement at Motion Pacific, October 19 to 21. All performances start at 8 p.m. Tickets, $15 to $25, may be purchased online at and

Cid and Joan will take part in a pre-show talkback with the audience at [7:30 p.m.] on September 21