Peridance Contemporary Dance Company (PCDC) is committed to leadership in performance and creative collaboration among high-caliber dancers, choreographers, composers, musicians, and designers. The company aspires to advance the performing arts in New York City, as well as nationally and internationally, through its performance and outreach programs.
New York City's Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, led by Founder and Artistic Director Igal Perry and Executive Director Yarden Ronen-van Heerden, has been a powerhouse of expressive and athletic dance since 1984. Operating from its home at the renowned Peridance Capezio Center in Union Square, the company presents an annual New York Season at the Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance. In addition to Perry's signature works, described by the NY Times as "blessedly inventive," PCDC annually commissions notable guest choreographers and collaborators.
In the past five years, PCDC's domestic and international tours have brought contemporary dance to over 48,000 audience members around the globe at festivals and venues such as the Ent Center for the Arts in Colorado Springs, Jacob's Pillow, Spring to Dance St. Louis, the Staller Center at Stonybrook University, the Butler Arts Center in Indianapolis, the Suzanne Dellal Dance Centre for Dance and Theater in Tel Aviv, Ballet Internacional de Buenos Aires, Florence Dance Festival, Seoul International Dance Festival, and many more.
PCDC provides access to free dance workshops for children in low-income and immigrant communities through its outreach program, Dance Break. The company continuously offers free classes and outdoor performances through organizations such as CityParks' SummerStage, Broadway Cares, and the Union Square Partnership.
PCDC is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Harkness Foundation, Google, the Jewish Communal Fund and many individual donors.
Peridance Contemporary Dance Company is committed to leadership and creative collaboration in both dance performance and dance education. The Company aspires to advance the performing arts by offering the public visionary choreography and strongly executed performances, both nationally and internationally, and by fostering an appreciation of dance as an art form. The Company works to provide a fair, inclusive, creative, and intellectually stimulating outlet for high-caliber dancers, choreographers, composers, musicians, and designers. Peridance Contemporary Dance Company is also dedicated to providing an array of educational opportunities for all students, including those in underserved communities and schools.
Diversity, Justice, Equity, and Inclusion Statement:
We believe that inclusivity helps us thrive and create an American culture of acceptance and unity that will inspire other industries in New York City.
We (P)PRACTICE fairness in dealing with all members of the community. We (C)COLLABORATE with the communities that raised and support us. We seek (D)DIVERSITY in dancers, staff and board, and diversity of audiences we serve and inspire. We are (C)COMMITTED to uplift those who strive for excellence and help eliminate boundaries between people through dance.
In fulfillment of our mission to work and collaborate with ALL artists and serve ALL audiences, these values guide us.
Peridance Contemporary Dance Company (PCDC) resides at the Peridance Capezio Center, both of which were founded by Israeli/American choreographer and Artistic Director Igal Perry in 1983/1984. The Company made its New York City debut in 1985 at the Riverside Dance Festival, and over the next 35 years has held NY seasons at venues including the Joyce Theater, the Kaye Playhouse, and Lincoln Center.
The Company employs 12 professional dancers, as diverse as the Company's audiences, who hail from the US, Italy, Brazil, Canada, Israel, the Philippines, and South Korea. Since 2012, the Company has commissioned 21 world-class choreographers, such as Ohad Naharin and Dwight Rhoden, who created 29 new works that give voice to a myriad group of artists and are accessible to our audiences. These works have been presented alongside Perry's iconic signature works for PCDC, often accompanied by live musicians.
PCDC holds its annual Seasons at the Salvatore Capezio Theater with over 550 attendees each season. The Company maintains a season of 35 to 45 weeks with around 30 annual performances, catering to a diverse demographic. PCDC is committed to sharing its work with communities outside New York City. In the past 5 years, national and international programming including tours to Long Island, Houston, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Colorado Springs, Argentina, Israel, Italy, South Korea and Germany, have touched over 53,000 people.
The Company is highly committed to making dance accessible to all, engaging local, national, and international audiences of all ages. PCDC provides access to free dance workshops and performances to thousands of people through organizations such as CityParks' SummerStage, Broadway Cares, Astor Place Live!, and the Union Square Partnership to strengthen communities across cultures and diversify its reach and audience. PCDC's Dance-Break arts-in- education outreach initiative brings Company teaching artists to low- income and immigrant communities and schools outside of Manhattan, making dance accessible to all.
Ã¢â‚¬ ¨PCDC has been generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Capezio Dance Foundation, Harkness Foundation, Google, the Jewish Communal Fund, and many individual donors.Ã¢â‚¬ ¨
Igal Perry, Founder and Artistic Director, hails from Israel and is a world-renowned choreographer, ballet master, and dance educator. Perry's elegant choreography, often in collaboration with contemporary composers, has been described as "blessedly inventive" (Jennifer Dunning, NY Times). Perry has collaborated on original compositions by young composers including John Mackey, Quentine Chappetta, Avner Dorman, and recently, Ofer Bashan. His works have been set on prestigious companies and performed at renowned festivals including Florence Dance Festival (Italy), Batsheva Dance Company, Bat-Dor Dance Company, Ailey II and Complexions (USA), and Alberta Ballet (Canada).
Operating from its home at Peridance Capezio Center, PCDC maintains a season of 35 to 42 weeks with around 30 annual performances, half of which are at the Salvatore Capezio Theater. Since 2012, the Company has commissioned 29 works by 21 choreographers, building an incredibly diverse repertory with works ranging from Ohad Naharin to Dwight Rhoden. Guest appearances during the past five years in venues such as The Joyce Theater and Lincoln Center as well as tours to D.C., Houston, Colorado, Florida, Italy, Israel, South Korea, and Germany reached over 48,000 people. In addition to its ongoing outdoor performances and classes at Citi's Summer in the Square, CityParks SummerStage, and Dancers Responding to AIDS, PCDC offers Dance Break, an arts-in-education outreach initiative bringing Company members to teach at public and private schools. Peridance's Nutcracker and annual Gala at NYU's Skirball Theater, along with community Q&A's and open rehearsals, round out PCDC's yearly activities.
Diversity is a priority of PCDC's artists, staff, and board members, who hail from 7 countries with various backgrounds in the arts, law, medicine, education, and business. As an equal opportunity employer, the Company's dancers come from the U.S, Brazil, Italy, Japan, and South Korea. Operating in one of NYC's most ethnically and economically diverse neighborhoods, PCDC serves residents by offering public performances, classes, and workshops, as well as free programs for students, locals and tourists. The Company is involved in several community outreach initiatives, working with organizations such as DRA and the Latino Commission on AIDS (past 6 years), University Settlement (13 years), Free Arts for Abused Children, and numerous public schools. Serving K-12 children of all backgrounds and abilities, PCDC's Dance Break brings an inclusive dance experience to city youth calling on their innate influences, individuality, and creativity to engage the principles of dance training.
Igal Perry, Founder and Artistic Director of Peridance Capezio Center and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, is a world-renowned choreographer, ballet master, and dance educator. Mr. Perry's elegant choreography, often in collaboration with contemporary composers, has been described as "blessedly inventive" (Jennifer Dunning, New York Times). Born in Israel, Igal Perry began his dancing career with Karmon, a folk dance company. He later joined the Bat-Dor Dance Company, where he worked with leading teachers and choreographers including Alvin Ailey, Benjamin Harkarvy, John Butler, Rudi Van Dantzig, Inesse Alexandrov, Paul Sanasardo, and Lar Lubovitch. Upon arriving to the United States, Mr. Perry joined Dennis Wayne's Dancers as ballet master and choreographer. During that period, he staged John Butler's work for the NYC Opera, the Opera of Munich, Caracas Ballet, and Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, where he also directed the world premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki's opera Paradise Lost. From 1981 to 1982, Mr. Perry headed the ballet department at Jacob's Pillow. In 1983, he launched his dance school, Peridance Capezio Center, now one of New York City's leading dance institutions. A year later, he founded Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, for which he has choreographed over 50 works, with performances at BAM, The Joyce Theater, and City Center. In addition to his daily class at Peridance, Mr. Perry serves as guest faculty/choreographer at The Jacob's Pillow Festival, The Ailey School, and Marymount Manhattan College, and The Juilliard School, where he staged his Intimate Voices and Mourning Song. His international teaching engagements include: Scapino Ballet and Het National Ballet (Holland), Laterna Magica and the National Ballet (Prague), Architanz (Tokyo), The Royal Ballet of Sweden and Balettakademien (Sweden), the National Ballet of China, and the Kwang-Ju City Ballet Company (Korea). In 2007, he was inducted into the Dance Library of Israel Hall of Fame.
Yarden Ronen-van Heerden, Executive Director
Born in Israel and raised in a kibbutz, Mr. Ronen-van Heerden began his dance training at the Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem and continued his studies on full scholarship at the Bat-Dor School of Dance in Tel-Aviv, under the artistic direction of Jeannette Ordman. In 1996, he joined the Israeli Bat-Dor Dance Company, where he performed works by renowned choreographers including Lar Lubovitch, Ed Wubbe, Nils Christie, and Luciano Cannito, and was featured in the Israeli Opera's productions of Samson and Delilah and Turandot. In 2000, he was promoted to principal dancer. In 2001, Mr. Ronen-van Heerden moved to New York City to became a member of Ballet Hispanico under the artistic direction of Tina Ramirez, where he worked on new creations with choreographers Ann Reinking, Graciela Daniel, and Ramon Oller. While with Ballet Hispanico, he served as guest performer with Earl Mosley's Diversity of Dance and Igal Perry's Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. In 2003, he joined Buglisi Dance Theater under the direction of Jacqulyn Buglisi and Donlin Foreman, where he had the opportunity to work with Martha Graham luminaries including Miki Orihara, Christine Dakin, and Terese Capucilli. In 2004, he received an invitation to join the critically acclaimed Hubbard Street Dance Chicago under the direction of Jim Vincent. While there, he performed ballets by top international choreographers William Forsythe (USA/Germany), Jiri Kylian (Netherlands), Ohad Naharin (Israel), Nacho Duato (Spain), Twyla Tharp (USA), Lar Lubovitch (USA), Christopher Bruce (UK), Toru Shimazaki (Japan), Marguerite Donlon (Ireland), and Daniel Ezralow (USA), among many others. Mr. Ronen-van Heerden was a recipient of the 2007 Hubbard Street 2 National Choreographic Competition for emerging choreographers. Mr. Ronen-van Heerden has toured extensively across the United States and internationally, visiting Canada, Switzerland, Israel, Austria, Germany, Spain, France, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, and Russia. In 2008, he moved back to New York City to serve as Director of Development and Public Relations at Peridance Capezio Center and later as the Executive Director of Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, under the leadership of Founder and Artistic Director, Igal Perry. At Peridance, in addition to developing, promoting, and overseeing the Center, he founded the Certificate Program, BLUEPRINT Summer Intensive, Winter Intensive, APAP Showcases, and the bi-annual Faculty and Student Showcases. Mr. Ronen-van Heerden also serves as a board member of the Emergency Fund for Dancers in New York, a consultant for artists and dance organizations, and is an adjudicator at dance competitions around the nation.
The Company's Board of Directors is composed of 10 members, led by a President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.
Board members meet formally three to four times annually and assist throughout the entire year in various capacities. In these meetings, the Executive Director and the Development Associate report to the Board, in addition to their consistent communications with board members between meetings. Minutes are taken for every meeting and are documented and distributed to all members.
Board members have various affiliations and come from diverse backgrounds including non-profit consultation, law, accounting, dance education, dance and sports medicine, and dance presenting. Members work to connect donors and influential professionals in their networks with the Company, leveraging their connections for various facets of Company fundraising efforts and development. The board functions as a single committee serving the Company, engaging with the artists and administration to monitor, develop, and improve operations. All board members take active part in Company functions such as reviewing contracts, coordinating events, fundraising, reviewing and approving finances, and overall development. Board members do not have term limits, reflected in very low turnover. Board members contribute between $500 and $4000 annually.
For the FY21 project, Board members will take an active role in organizing and hosting events surrounding the performances including the open rehearsal, annual benefit dinner, and the post-performance Q&A. Each Board member will contribute both financial support and time, in an effort to maximize the goals and spirit of the Spring Season. In addition, members also contribute in-kind gifts, including accounting services and reception goods for the proposed project. Board members will work together with the administrative staff, to bring members of the press, potential presenters, and possible funders to the Company's functions. Board members will use their personal and professional contacts in their communities to raise PCDC's profile during the Season and to promote its activities.