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Cid Pearlman: Upcoming Final Dance Concerts From Her “Year of Free “


Laurie says:

My daughter, the choreographer Cid Pearlman, made 2016 her Year of Free. As a way to make more art accessible to more people they are all free to audiences,The last group of performances are coming soon in October. I’m really proud that she’s doing this.

Economies of Effort: 1 is a stunning dance of world building and power. It knocked me at when it opened in 2015.

Cid says:
The set begins as a box – part Ikea, part Home Depot, part museum installation – out of which the dancers  build their own world.  Performed in the round, EoE: 1 features a set designed by visual artist Robbie Schoen and music by composer Albert Mathias.

For me, the piece is fundamentally about what it means to be a maker, and I am particularly interested in the frictions that exist between creating something with bodies (theoretically intangible) and building something that has a solid shape (with the illusion of permanence). In radical acts of self-sufficiency, self-containment, and sustainability, the dancers control all of the technical aspects of the production from the set to the sound and lighting.

I’ve been working with an amazing group of dancers on this project (Julia Daniel, Molly Katzman, Collette Kollewe, Lyndia McGauhey, Chelsea Renfree, Cynthia Strauss), and we’ve reworked the material from a quintet to a sextet. Economies of Effort: 1 premiered in 2015 at Joe Goode Annex.

Looking Left is an annual dance festival in Santa Cruz the features original dance by a variety of companies. The outdoor site specific setting is wonderful

Cid Says:
Stripped down, streamlined and succinct, Looking Left is a somewhat annual dance and performance festival in Santa Cruz.  This year ten dance artists will present site-specific works in and around the grounds of Santa Cruz’s historic City Hall. Choreographers include Molly Katzman, Damara Vita Ganley, Katie Griffin, Cynthia Ling Lee, David King, Cid Pearlman, Cynthia Strauss & Matthew Shyka, and Collette Kollewe & Erin Reynolds. This year’s festival features three youth companies – Motion Pacific Teen Co./Artists in Motion (AIM), the Kirby Dance Company, and Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center’s Teen Company.

And to repeat all of this remarkable work is free. Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, October 12, 7:30pm, FREE
Economies of Effort: 1 (2015)
An evening length dance exploring the virtues of self-reliance and the creative impulse.
Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Friday & Saturday, October 14-15, 7:30pm, FREE
Looking Left/Dance in Unlikely Places
An evening of site specific performance.
Santa Cruz City Hall
809 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Wednesday, October 19, 8:00pm, FREE
Economies of Effort: 1 (2015)
An evening length dance exploring the virtues of self-reliance and the creative impulse.
Joe Goode Annex
401 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Intimate Dance Duet


Laurie says:

These were taken at my daughter choreographer Cid Pearlman’s environmental dance performance Economies of Effort 3.

The photographs I posted previously in Dance, Light and Shadows were abstractions about movement, light and shadow. The dancers were part of the composition.

This sequence of photos are about the intimate relationship between the dancers, and between the dancers and the audience. The dancers are Cynthia Strauss and Sara Wilbourne.

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2 sara duet final crop_0897

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Making these sequential photographs is something new for me. I always work with the relationship between my images. These particular images are revealed (sometimes only in part) as you scroll down. This can only happen on a screen and creates a different relationship between the viewer and the photos.