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Company History

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company (PCDC) was founded by Artistic Director Igal Perry in 1984 and has since been a powerhouse of energetic and evocative dance. Mr. Perry's choreography, which is rooted in ballet, is known for being timelessly elegant and brilliantly musical. The company employs classically trained dancers from the US, Japan, Korea, Italy, The Philippines, Brazil, France, Spain, as well as several apprentices. Together with Executive Director Yarden Ronen-van Heerden, Perry has structured PCDC to explore movement and design with an emphasis on performing diverse repertory by notable choreographers. This repertory is featured in an annual New York Season, which serves as a launch pad for new works and touring programs both nationally and internationally. As a part of its non-profit identity, PCDC offers free classes and outdoor showcases to charitable organizations and schools throughout New York City. These offerings, in additionto residency work and commissions from colleges and conservatories, round out a full roster of creative and educational activities.

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company (formerly the Peridance Ensemble) made its New York City debut in October of 1985 at the Riverside Dance Festival. Having earned critical acclaim, the Company was invited to return in April of 1986. Over the next 20 years, the Company performed as far afield as Alaska while maintaining major New York seasons at venues including the Joyce Theatre, The Kaye Playhouse (for the Company's 15th Anniversary), and the Marymount Manhattan Theater. On the international stage, the Company represented the United States in the Kwang-Ju International Dance Festival in South Korea, performed in the Vignale Dance Festival in Italy, and was the only American dance company invited to appear in the opening of Florence's prestigious "Maggio Musicale" Festival in Italy. In January 2006, the Company celebrated its 21st Anniversary at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College in New York with a multi-program series of performances, presenting a large cast of 19 dancers, led by guest dance icons Jose Manuel Carreño and Elizabeth Parkinson.

As part of its quest for originality and unique identity, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company has always s\ought out choreographic and compositional collaboration that result in a diverse repertory. Over the years, Company repertory came to include original work by world-renowned choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, John Butler, Daniel Ezralow, and Benjamin Harkarvy, in addition to the work created by Artistic Director Igal Perry. The Company has also presented many works with live music and original compositions by young composers including John Mackey, Quentine Chappetta, and Avner Dorman.

Following a brief hiatus as Peridance Capezio Center relocated to its new studios in Manhattan's Union Square area, the Company re-emerged in 2011 with a successful season that included performances in Washington D.C. and on multiple stages in New York. Peridance Contemporary Dance Company is excited to continue its three decade-long dedication to creating and performing powerful dance that inspires audiences worldwide.