New York City’s Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, founded by Artistic Director Igal Perry, has been a powerhouse of energetic and evocative dance since 1984. Operating from its home at the renowned Peridance Capezio Center at Union Square, the Company presents an annual New York Season at the Salvatore Capezio Theater as well as guest performances in venues such as the Joyce Theater, BAM, and Lincoln Center. In addition to Perryís signature works, described by the NY Times as ìblessedly inventiveî, the Company has commissioned and performed works by many notable choreographers including Ohad Naharin, Dwight Rhoden, Robyn Mineko Williams, and Sidra Bell, among others.
In the past five years alone, the Companyís domestic and international tours have brought contemporary dance to over 45,000 audience members around the globe in festivals and venues such as Ballet Internacional de Buenos Aires, Jacobís Pillow Inside/Out, Big Arts Florida, Spring to Dance St. Louis, Florence Dance Festival, Tel Aviv Dance, Seoul International Dance Festival, and many more. The Companyís ìDance-Breakî outreach program provides an array of creative dance workshops for youth, often in underserved schools. 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.
YARDEN RONEN-VAN HEERDEN, Executive Director
Born in Israel 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, Israel under the artistic direction of Jeannette Ordman. In 1996, he joined Bat-Dor Dance Company and became a soloist in 1999. In 2001 he moved to New York City to join Ballet Hispanico under the artistic direction of Tina Ramirez. 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, Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, Christopher Bruce, Toru Shimazaki, Marguerite Donlon, and Daniel Ezralow. In 2007, Yarden was a recipient of the Hubbard Street 2 National Choreographic Competition for emerging choreographers. In 2008, after a fulfilling career on the stage, Yarden was invited by Mr. Perry to become the Director of Development and Public Relations at Peridance Capezio Center and in 2010 as the Executive Director of Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.
Katie grew up in Norwich, Vermont where she started her dance training at a local studio under the direction of Doreen Keith. Katie attended Butler University’s Jordan School of the Arts where she continued her training and received her BS in Dance Arts Administration. While at Butler, she performed works by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. In fall 2014, she performed in Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s Nutcracker as a guest dancer, under the direction of Tom Mossbrucker. In 2017, Katie had the privilege of representing PCDC in Argentina while performing in the VII Gala Internacional de Ballet de Buenos Aires and most recently at the Ballet Hawaii Gala. Katie is excited to be starting her fourth season with the company.