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 (to premiere in 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 Department of Cultural Affairs, Franklin Furnace, New York State Council of the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space, 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.
Ex.Pgirl stands as a call for an “experimental” and “expatriate” theater by women.
Our mission is to create original performance works that address cultural identity in today's globalized community. We feature the talents of a diverse group of female performers who are from multiple nationalities and performance backgrounds.
Influenced equally by high art and pop cultural references, Ex.Pgirl’s world is a whimsical tapestry of scenes, songs, games, video interviews, dances, and text that together create a layered landscape of poetry and meaning for audiences.
Dedicated to a collaborative development process, Ex.Pgirl uses satire and parody, as well as powerful visual imagery, to create a humorous and magical landscape of cross-cultural interactions, misunderstandings, and revelations that form an innovative form storytelling in which nothing is ever quite what it seems.