Founded in 2002, Ex.Pgirl is a dance theatre company led by Artistic co-Directors Bertie Ferdman and Suzi Takahashi. They came together to create original work for the stage that addresses issues of culture, identity, and performance.
Since 2002, Ex.Pgirl has created four new works — Ablution, Waving Hello, 10 Plates, and Paris Syndrome (2010) — generating each piece over months of collaboration with its ongoing team of performers and designers.
Ex.Pgirl is a two-time member of HERE Artist in Residency program (HARP) and has received grants from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Franklin Furnace, New York State Council of the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space program, Urban Artist Initiative, and Chashama. The company has been invited to perform at such venues as HERE Arts Center, Brown University, 3 Legged Dog, Artist of Tomorrow Festival, Prelude ’06, featuring the “best in contemporary NYC theatre and performance,” and The American Living Room Festival’s “Best of.”
Currently, Ex.Pgirl works in close association with artists hailing from Japan, Argentina, United States, Peru, France, Korea, Central African Republic, and Puerto Rico, all of whom reside permanently in New York City.
In the Swing Space Ex.Pgirl will continue to develop Paris Syndrome in advance of its premier this year. Paris Syndrome is an original dance theatre piece based on a phenomena of extreme culture shock that occurs to some Japanese tourists when they visit Paris.
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