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Cid Pearlman is Looking for Poets

Laurie says:

My daughter choreographer Cid Pearlman is looking for poets for her new art installation with dance video, poetry, and live performance. She has already done some wonderful work with poetry and dance.

Cid Pearlman’s call for poetry:


Submit poems to our new interdisciplinary project!

Four selected poets will each receive a $500 honorarium for an original work. Five additional poets will each receive honorable mentions and one or more of their poems will appear on the project’s webpage.

(home)Body is an art installation with dance video, poetry, and live performance. This work is a collaboration between artistic director/choreographer Cid Pearlman, video artist Mara Milam, poet/dramaturge Denise Leto, and ten dance artists.

The poems we commission will seek to represent a multiplicity of voices. They will inform the content we create and will function as scaffolding and inspiration for the dance and video.

We are looking for poems that speak to ideas around home and body in personal, experimental, and/or topical ways. The poems can range in metaphorical and embodied complexity. For example, the body in question can be the personal/individual body, the communal/community body, the body politic and/or the synecdochal body.

There is no entry fee. We welcome all poetic forms and approaches (lyric, experimental, performance poetry, slam poetry, prose poems etc). We very much encourage new and emerging artists.

We are particularly interested in seeing submissions from BIPOC poets, poets from the LGBTQIA+ community, young poets, and poets from disability communities across all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

Submissions open: November 24, 2020 Deadline: February 15, 2021 at midnight PST. Send to: hombodypoets@gmail.com

Please do not submit until you read the complete guidelines and learn more about the project at: www.cidpearlman.org/home-body-poetry-guidelines

This project is made possible by the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship at the Community Foundation Santa Cruz.

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Cid Pearlman’s Film At Mexico City Videodance Festival

Laurie says:

My daughter choreographer Cid Pearlman’s short film, Moving through Loneliness, is an official selection of the 5th Mexico City Videodance Festival. The festival runs through October 10th.

She made the 10-minute film with Mara Milam, based on the three 12-minute videos they made for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH). Jonathan Segel composed a new score specifically for this version and it’s amazing.


The work came out of a collaboration with an intergenerational group of performers, a cohort of seniors who guided her process, and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History for the exhibition We’re Still Here: Stories of Seniors; Isolation. Moving Thorough Loneliness at the museum was a combination of dance video and installation.

The film is an exquisite distillation of her exhibition. Movement and dance give a stunning rendition of the complexity of aging and loneliness. It is both visually stunning and deeply emotional.


The work was made long before the pandemic, but the expressions of loneliness and loss resonate so much with the present moment. It is a remarkably rewarding, rich and complex 10 minute work.

I wrote about the Santa Cruz museum exhibition in Body Impolitic:

I was there for the opening and the combination of the installation, the video “Moving through Loneliness”, and the dance were powerful and impressive. They expressed the empathy and the loneliness of people with deep respect for them. The interweaving of the three very different expressions creates a layered, complex, and deeply moving experience of loneliness and aging for the viewer. It’s rare that you see three art forms so perfectly and coherently blended.

The film was shown previously at the Moving body-Moving Image Festival on April 4th, 2020. The Festival explored Aging & Othering. The full exhibition moves to the Marin Civic Center and the San Francisco Public Library, dates to be announced.

The link goes to the film. See it. And you can check out other films at the Mexico City festival.

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