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Falling & Loving - Peak World Premiere

SITI Company & STREB Extreme Action

September 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on September 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm

One event on September 27, 2019 at 7:30 pm

One event on September 28, 2019 at 8:00 pm

One event on September 29, 2019 at 3:00 pm

One event on September 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Two titans of avant-garde performance—director Anne Bogart and choreographer Elizabeth Streb—join forces for the first time to take on works by Obie Award–winning rebel playwright Charles Mee in an original production co-produced by Peak Performances. In FALLING & LOVING six actors from SITI Company and six dancers from STREB Extreme Action storm the stage and launch into the air with the aid of a Guck Machine, an enormous contraption conceived by Streb that features rings and buckets armed to continually release materials into the stratosphere. Artists, ideas, and objects collide in this radical new production.

Co-directed by Anne Bogart and Elizabeth Streb
Adapted from the plays of Charles Mee
Created and Performed by SITI Company & STREB Extreme Action
Costume design by James Schuette
Lighting design by Brian H Scott
Scenic design conceived by Elizabeth Streb
prototype by Matt McAdon
design and engineering by Peter Dean and Hudson Scenic Studios
Original Music and Sound Design by David Van Tieghem


Extreme: The Pop Action Performance Art of Elizabeth Streb
August 27th through September 29th
An exhibition | Segal Gallery
For more information visit www.montclair.edu/galleries
Standard Gallery hours are 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and 12:30 PM – 7:30 PM on Thursdays (closed on Sundays and Mondays).

Extended Gallery hours throughout the course of the performances:
Tuesday, September 24 (11:00 AM – 7:30 PM)
Wednesday, September 25 (11:00 AM – 7:30 PM)
Thursday, September 26 (12:30 PM – 7:30 PM)
Friday, September 27 (11:00 AM – 7:30 PM)
Saturday, September 28 (11:00 AM – 8:00 PM)
Sunday, September 29 (11:00 AM – 6:00 PM)

First Impressions
Saturday, September 28, post-performance
Anne Bogart, Elizabeth Streb, Charles Mee
For more information, visit www.peakperfs.org/engage


Romeo CastellucciDirector and stage, lighting and costume designer Romeo Castellucci (Cesena, Italy, 1960) is known throughout the world for creating a theatre founded on the totality of the arts and aimed at an integral perception. He has also written various theoretical essays on directing. His theatre engages in a type of dramaturgy that overturns the primacy of literature, thus becoming a complex and supple form of art, a theatre made of extraordinarily rich images expressed in a language as comprehensible as music, sculpture, painting or architecture. The Societas Raffaello Sanzio, the theatre company he created in 1981, is internationally recognised as one of today’s most important for its radical aesthetic stance and the profoundly human nature of its creations. Since 2006, after the eleven performances of the cycle Tragedia Endogonidia, a monumental recapitulation of tragedy in contemporary Europe, Romeo Castellucci has also worked on individual projects.His stagings are regularly invited to and produced by the most prestigious international theatres, opera houses and festivals, in over fifty countries covering all the continents.Among his most recent creations: Sul concetto di volto nel figlio di Dio(2011), Parsifal by Richard Wagner (2011), The Four Seasons Restaurant(2012), Hyperion based on Friedrich Hölderlin (2013), Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph W. Gluck (2014), Neither by Morton Feldman (2014), Go Down, Moses (2014), Le Sacre du Printemps by Igor Stravinsky (2014), Ödipus der Tyrann (2015), Moses und Aronby Arnold Schönberg (2015), The Minister’s Black Veil inspired by Hawthorne’s parable (2016), Jeanne au bûcher by Arthur Honegger(2017), Democracy in America freely inspired by Alexis de Tocqueville(2017), Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner (2017) and at the Dutch National Opera of Amsterdam Dar Floss der Medusaby Hans Werner Henze (2018). He has received numerous awards and distinctions. In 1996, he was given the Europa Prize Nuove realtà teatrali, and in 2002 was named Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture of the French Republic. In 2005, he was appointed director of the theatre section of the Venice Biennale. In 2008, he was named “associated artist” by the artistic committee of the Festival d’Avignon for its 62nd edition. In 2010, Le Monde chose his Trilogy ‘Divina Commedia’ as best performance, and the only theatrical work included among the most significant cultural events of the decade 2000-2010. In 2013 the Venice Biennale awarded him its prestigious Prize Golden Lion for his career in theatre. In 2014, he received a degree honoris causa from the University of Bologna Alma Mater Studiorum in the disciplines of Music and Theatre. Opernwelt, the leading German periodical in the field of opera, also awarded him its prize for Best Director 2014. The 2014 and 2015 seasons of the Festival d’Automne in Paris, each presenting three of his works as part of the Portrait Biennale, definitively established him as one of the major artists of our time. In 2015 he received the UBU Prize for the best set-design for the production Go Down, Moses.


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In The News

Gia Kourlas, THE NEW YORK TIMES: “All the Ways to Fall for Dance This Autumn”
Mariya Dashkina Maddux in “Appalachian Spring,” which the Martha Graham Dance Company will present as part of the series Peak Performances. Continue Reading

Robert Johnson, NJARTS.net: “Falling & Loving’ invents a new way to look at love”
In “Falling” —which received its uproarious premiere Sept. 24 as part of the Peak Performances series at Montclair State University, and runs there through Sept. 29 — Cupid’s disheveled victims are drenched and blasted by artificial weather. Continue Reading

Elaine Molinaro, Montclair Local: Performance review: Captivating work of Bogart and Streb in ‘Falling and Loving’
Acrobatic dancers challenged gravity in Elizabeth Streb’s extreme action choreography and tragicomic actors from director Anne Bogart’s SITI company enlivened Charles Mee’s love sonnets in “Falling & Loving,” which opened Peak Performances’ 2019-2020 season last week. Continue Reading


Co-produced by Peak Performances @ Montclair State University | Alexander Kasser Theater. Development support provided by the Office of the Dean of Special Programs at Skidmore College and the New York State Council on the Arts. FALLING & LOVING was made possible by with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New England Foundation for the Arts–National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Programs in Peak Performances’ 2019-20 season are made possible in part by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the New England Foundation for the Arts – National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Date: September 25
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Organizer Name: Arts & Cultural Programming