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Cid Pearlman’s ‘Broken String’ dance presentation set March 2 at Idaho State University

Posted February 22, 2012

Idaho State University's Department of Theatre and Dance will present "Broken String" Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rogers Black Box Theater of the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.

The event is free of charge and features performer Cid Pearlman and performers/participants from her "dance making" workshop.

Cid PearlmanAfter eight intense days of workshop rehearsals with guest artist Cid Pearlman, Dance ISU is proud to present the dance theatre work "Broken String." Originally choreographed after Pearlman returned from working in Estonia as a Fulbright Scholar, Pearlman remarked that "Broken String" "reflects on what we have left behind and what we carry with us as we travel through our lives."

With the generous support of the ISU Cultural Affairs Council, Joséphine A. Garibaldi, director of Dance ISU, was able to arrange the 10-day artist residency "Knotting the 'Broken String': A 'dance making' workshop" with Cid Pearlman and Dance ISU. A call for performers went out to the community in January asking for "performers of varying physical abilities, ages and life experiences." Fourteen campus and community members were cast.

"Cid is an incredible artist with breadth and depth of experience working with diverse peoples throughout the U.S. and abroad," said Garibaldi. "We are thrilled to have her here."

Through guided movement improvisation, writing, imagery and conversation, workshop participants learned to communicate stories through movement while creating a collaborative work for public performance.

"Pearlman offers a unique and sharp perspective to the craft of choreography and performance," Garibaldi said. "It is a rare opportunity that our students and audiences have the chance to not only be exposed to such exquisite artistry, but to be able to work so closely and intimately with someone of such high regard."

For more information, contact Josephine A. Garibaldi,, 282-6143.


Artist Bio:

Cid Pearlman, Artistic Director of Cid Pearlman/Performance Projects

“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.

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, and teaches in the Dance Department at Cabrillo College and UC Santa Cruz. Her work has received support from the Fulbright Program of the U.S. Department of State, 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.