Peak Performances

Montclair State University

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Hatuey: Memory of Fire

Hatuey: Memory of Fire
American Premiere

September 14 – 23

Frank London | Elise Thoron | Music-Theatre Group

In a Havana nightclub in 1931, a love story between a Jewish poet and a native Taino singer unfolds. This Afro-Cuban Yiddish opera is a multi-cultural celebration of freedom.

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THE NATIONAL ANTHEMS

THE NATIONAL ANTHEMS

September 29

The Crossing (Donald Nally, conductor)
Music by David Lang | Caroline Shaw | Ted Hearne
With the strings of ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble)

The “ardently angelic” choir, The Crossing, performs music that explores what it means to be an American at this moment in history.

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SHANGHAI QUARTET

SHANGHAI QUARTET
All Beethoven Program

September 30

Experience the genius of Beethoven and the “superb” musicianship of the Shanghai Quartet. (The Boston Globe)

Thank You for Coming

Thank You for Coming
Parts 1 & 2

October 4 – 7

Faye Driscoll

“Thank You for Coming” is award-winning choreographer Faye Driscoll’s playful, moving, mind-boggling trilogy about “how we are all wrapped up in each other, whether we like it or not.” In October, see the first two parts of the trilogy; come back in April for the world premiere of the its final installation.

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field

field
World Premiere

October 18 – 21

Liz Gerring

According to Alastair Macaulay of The New York Times, choreographer Liz Gerring’s mind is “warmly modernist: scientific but also passionately and infectiously in love with movement.” Gerring returns to the Kasser with “field,” the third in a trilogy of works by she has created in collaboration with composer Michael J. Schumacher and designer Robert Wierzel, all commissioned and produced by Peak Performances.

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Cut the Sky

Cut the Sky
American Premiere

November 15 – 18

Marrugeku

Is it a pop concert? Modern dance? A political statement? “Cut the Sky” by Marrugeku, Australia’s preeminent dance theater ensemble of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, is all three. As a singer belts out tunes from Buffalo Springfield and Nick Cave to soul and Indigenous music, the “incredibly expressive and visceral” dancers (The Guardian) form a band of climate change refugees facing another extreme weather event.

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Smashed

Smashed
American Premiere

December 13 – 16

Gandini Juggling

What do you get when you toss together nine jugglers, 80 apples, and four crockery sets? “Smashed,” a tea party you’ll never forget. Nine well-dressed, perfectly respectable young people take the stage and, under the guise of a quaint afternoon tea, engage in the dark art of juggling. Their virtuosic blend of skills, precision, and theatricality will leave you breathless.

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