Montclair State University
PEAK is in pause.
Like all performing arts series worldwide, PEAK Performances, a program of the Office of Arts+ Cultural Programming at Montclair State University serving the magnificent Alexander Kasser Theater, shut down to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Turning out our lights and closing our doors was shocking.
The PEAK staff is working remotely and listening to what we might not have heard before, amidst the noise of the everyday. As if inspired by John Cage’s controversial piece of music 4′ 33″ – a composition positing that in silence we will hear our boldness – we are taking time to discover what newness will emerge bounded by caveats of social distancing.
Live performance will be embraced for its unique intimacy while achieving our goal of expanding audience appreciation for the new in and around us. As has been our custom, we go forward and take this moment to highlight the work by our Community of Artists.
Behind the scenes of a new/old Opera: The Romance of the Rose.
Peak Community Highlights
A new online work of Opera-Theatre by ThingNY. Audiences are invited into a Zoom call where seven performers dive into the anxiety and serenity of this paradoxical moment, where yesterday’s action in the street, today’s paralyzing personal stasis, and tomorrow’s online wedding are all refracted through the bizarre filter of social and emotional distance.Stream the Performances
Frame Dances (2008–2010) is an exploration of scale and mediation—a collection of dances and films exposing and theatricalizing the act of digital reproduction. How does the recorded mediate our experience of the live? How does the confined framing of the dance hide the labor of others working outside of the frame to make the dance possible?Watch the Videos
Choreographer Douglas Dunn invites you to free Zoom Technique Classes!Join Today
Double Edge Theatre is dreaming and planning 6 FEET APART, ALL TOGETHER, a Summer Spectacle for the time of COVID-19. Box Office Opens June 15.Read More
Every Thursday, we will be bringing you content from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and Live Arts archives!Watch the Live Stream