PearlArts Studios|STAYCEE PEARL dance project (PAS|SPdp) exists to interpret and mirror culture and community through dance and dance centered multi-media experiences. With diverse casting and programing, PAS|SPdp explores innovative conceptual possibilities while participating in meaningful collaboration.
PAS|SPdp is a professional organization that produces innovative dance performances, layered visual and sonic artistic presentation, and programming around compelling concepts and themes often inspired by social/political world issues. PAS|SPdp occasionally examines the works of celebrated legendary and contemporary artists of the African Diaspora. Examples of such projects includes OCTAVIA, which explores the life and work of famed African American Science Fiction novelist, Octavia Butler, and ...on being... which began as an investigation of the broad Post-Black conversation. Artists who inspire the work of PAS|SPdp include legendary Jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln, Jimi Hendrix, and literary artists Alice Walker and Gabriel Garcia Márquez. Visual artists whose methods inform the visual imagery of the creative team’s work include contemporary, Nairobi-born, visual artist Wangechi Mutu, the late Jean-Michel Basquiat, and the mysterious graffiti artist, BANKSY. These artist are admired for their magical aesthetics that are combined with a gritty, honest, and original world perspective.
PearlArts Studios (PAS) began as PearlArts: movement and sound in 2006 when creative partners Staycee and Herman Pearl were asked to participate in a couples exhibition, EQUIPOISE, curated by Tavia LaFollette for the ArtUP Gallery. They created Push Play, a collaborative pop-art multi-media installation incorporating dance, sound, mural and video art. Since then, they have collaborated on several multi-media projects including RECOIL, an installation incorporating sculpture, dance, and animated illustration that was commissioned by the August Wilson Center for African American Culture (AWC) and generously supported by the Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative. In 2009, they produced Go:Stop, a three-part video/sound exploration of modes of transportation for Carolina Loyola Garcia’s group exhibition, Transfer Lounge at the Space Gallery in downtown Pittsburgh. Conceived and created by Herman Pearl, Named-Unnamed: the sound-installation boldly recognized slain Iraqi civilians. The project was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in the summer of 2010 and funded by The Pittsburgh Foundation A.W. Mellon Fund. Since these early works, PAS continues to create visual/sound explorations in their well equipped two-thousand square foot studio space. PearlArts Studios has firmly established a base in the Mine Factory Building in the Homewood/Point Breeze neighborhood, serving the dance community with affordable rehearsal and event space, residency opportunities, movement classes, and art and dance workshops.