Perel is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is centered on disability and queerness as they relate to care, consent, sexuality, and personal and historic trauma. Utilizing choreography to examine power exchange between the artist and audience, “Perel is a master at timing, of tension, relief, and intimacy while creating a space of learning and unlearning.” (Victoria DeJaco, Spike Magazine). They are a 2020-2022 Disability Futures Fellow, an initiative by the Ford Foundation and Mellon Foundation, and a recipient of the Beth Silverman-Yam Award for Social Justice at Gibney Dance. Previously, Perel was a Mertz-Gilmore AIR at Movement Research (2018-2020), a 2018 DiP AIR at Gibney Dance, and the first International AIR for Disabled Artists at Sophiensaele, Berlin. Their work has been presented at The Chocolate Factory Theater, and with American Realness at Abrons Art Center and Gibney Dance, as well as at Impulstanz at the Leopold Museum, Kampnagel, and No Limits Festival for Disability and the Performing Arts in Berlin among numerous theaters and galleries internationally.
Photo credit Eric McNatt