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Alice: Beyond the Mirror

February 3, 2023

Inspired by the beloved characters of Lewis Carroll, Alice: Beyond the Mirror is Peridance’s new winter spectacular that features all-new choreography, music, costumes, and animations. The production will also introduce a cabaret-style theater complete with tables and treats! Packaged within humor, spectacle, and fun, Alice: Beyond the Mirror emphasizes the potential to emerge from volatility through introspection and to find joy through reflection. Concept and Choreography by Igal Perry with original composition and lyrics by Ofer Bashan. Animations by Sean Caesar and costumes by Erica Johnston. Additional Choreography by Ayumu Imazu. To learn more about the production visit https://www.peridancecontemporary.org/alice.

PERFORMANCE TIMES

Friday, December 9th at 7:30 PM

Saturday, December 10th at 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 11th at 3 PM and 6 PM

Friday, December 16th at 7:30 PM

Saturday, December 17th at 3 PM and 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 18th at 3 PM

ABOUT PERIDANCE CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY

New York City’s Peridance Contemporary Dance Company (PCDC), led by Founder and Artistic Director Igal Perry, has been a powerhouse of expressive and innovative dance since 1983. The Company is based at the renowned Peridance Center in Union Square and presents an annual New York Season at the KnJ Theater at Peridance. In addition to Perry’s signature works, described by the NY Times as “blessedly inventive,” PCDC is passionate about commissioning and presenting works by both emerging and established choreographers in this annual season: Over the last decade, the Company has premiered new works by 21 choreographers, and, in line with Perry’s commitment to commissioning new and live music for dance, the Company has employed over 48 musicians and composers.

The Company’s annual performances serve as a launchpad for new works and touring performances both nationally and internationally. PCDC provides access to dance workshops for NYC Public School students through DanceBreak, its outreach program which has served over 1,000 students since it was launched in 2016. The company continuously offers free classes and outdoor performances through organizations such as CityParks’ SummerStage, Broadway Cares, and the Union Square Partnership, contributing to more accessible dance performances across New York City.

Over the last 10 years, PCDC has worked to expand its base of support and has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Harkness Foundation, Google, Jewish Communal Fund, and many individual donors. To find out more about the Company, please visit peridancecontemporary.org

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Igal Perry – Founder and Artistic Director of Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and Peridance Center, 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, NYTimes). His works have been set on prestigious companies and performed at renowned festivals including Florence Dance Festival and Invito Alla Danza (Italy), Batsheva and Bat-Dor Dance Companies and the Karmiel Dance Festival (Israel), Ailey II and Complexions Contemporary Ballet (NYC), Companhia de Danca de Lisboa (Portugal), and Alberta Ballet (Canada).

Born in Israel, Igal Perry began his dancing career with Karmon, a folk-dance company. He later joined 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 in the United States, Mr. Perry joined Dennis Wayne’s Dancers as a ballet master and choreographer. During that period, he staged John Butler’s work for the NYC Opera, the Opera of Munich, the Caracas Ballet, and Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, where he also directed the world premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s opera Paradise Lost.

From 1981-1982, Mr. Perry headed the ballet department at Jacob’s Pillow. In 1983, he launched his dance school, Peridance Center, now one of New York City’s leading dance institutions, and founded Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, for which he has choreographed over 60 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. Since 1995, Mr. Perry has served as a guest teacher at Juilliard, 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).

Ofer Bashan – Ofer Bashan is an Israeli composer, singer-songwriter, and music instructor. Born and raised in Israel, Bashan traveled around the world as a child and returned to Israel later in life. Bashan completed his B.A. in Classical Piano Performance at The Rubin Academy for Music in Jerusalem.

After graduating, Bashan released the first single from his debut album, which topped the charts as the most-played song on Israeli radio and media in Israel. In 2009, Bashan released his second album, which quickly topped the Israeli charts. One track featured a collaboration with top Israeli vocal artist, Miri Mesika, and another became the year’s second most-played song.

Bashan has performed across Israel and has written songs for distinguished Israeli vocal artists such as Harel Skaat, Miri Mesika, Amir Fey Gutman, and more. Additionally, Bashan has worked as a musical director and composer and has taken part in acclaimed theatrical shows, cabarets, the biggest children’s festival in Israel, video dance festivals, and musical events in London, NYC, and Tel Aviv. He studied acting and dance and collaborated with “Beit Zvi,” one of the leading Israeli institutions for performing arts. Ofer released a third album and shortly after graduated with a Master’s in Film & Multimedia and Songwriting from NYU, with support from the Billy Joel Merit Scholarship. Alice in Winterland marks Ofer Bashan’s third collaboration with Igal Perry.

Sean Caesar – Sean Caesar has been a professional Motion Designer and Animator in NYC for the past 8 years. He has worked on commercial campaigns for companies such as Gucci, Michael Kors, Vogue, and Elizabeth Arden, as well as music videos for Miley Cyrus and Franz Ferdinand. This is his first work to accompany a live dance performance.

Erica Johnston – Erica Johnston is a New York City-based costume designer and builder with a focus in concert dance.  Design credits include Peridance Contemporary Dance Company (Igal Perry, Dwight Rhoden), the Ailey School (Claudia Schreier, Virginie Méçène), JChen Project (Jessica Chen), Marymount Manhattan College (Alison Cook Beatty, Christian Von Howard, Adam Barruch, Dawn Bazemore), Hudson Ballet Theatre (Ho-Shia Thao), Xaoc Contemporary Ballet (Eryn Renee Young), and Dance Kaleidoscope (Stuart Coleman).  Costume build credits include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Ephrat Asherie Dance, Ballet Hispánico, Philadanco, Sidra Bell Dance, New York City Ballet, ABT Studio Company, Ballet X, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Limón Dance Company, HBO’s Legendary! S1, Illuminate Dancewear, and Disney Plus’s The Quest.  Wardrobe credits: A$AP Rocky, Art Garfunkel, and EMMI. She has done reconstructions of costumes for the restagings of historic ballets by Gerald Arpino, George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, and Alvin Ailey, among others.  Erica also has her own line of dancewear, Pointe Creations, which aims to keep scrap fabric out of the landfill by incorporating it into one-of-a-kind leotards and other articles of activewear.  www.pointecreations.com

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