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December

Gandini Juggling and Alexander Whitley
American Premiere

Spring

December 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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One event on December 13, 2019 at 3:00 pm

One event on December 14, 2019 at 8:00 pm

One event on December 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm

The avant-garde virtuosos of Gandini Juggling create breathtaking productions that mesmerize audiences of all ages. Back by popular demand following the success of last year’s Smashed, the company collaborates with British choreographer Alexander Whitley in Spring. “Joyous, exhilarating and transporting” (Culture Whisper), this production interweaves virtuoso jugglers with contemporary dancers in a kaleidoscopic dreamscape including an immersive score by Gabriel Prokofiev. Visually arresting, colorful, and bursting with rhythm and pattern, Spring is a refreshing and entertaining production at the vanguard of contemporary circus.

Directed by Sean Gandini
Choreographed by Alexander Whitley
Composition and Electronics by Gabriel Prokofiev
Lighting Design by Guy Hoare
Costume Design by Claire Ashley

Engage

National Sawdust + PRESENTS “Inside Juggling”
Tuesday, December 3
National Sawdust
80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY

Gandini will join Pulitzer Prize-winning composer/singer Caroline Shaw and multi-instrumentalist/instrument inventor Mark Stewart in a conversation moderated by NationalSawdust+ curator Elena Park. The evening will be punctuated by juggling excerpts performed by several members of the London-based company, in town for The Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Philip Glass’s “Akhnaten.” Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, who sings the title role of the Egyptian sun god, will make a special appearance.

First Impressions
Saturday, December 14, post-performance
Alexander Kasser Theater
Alexander Whitley, Sean Gandini, Kati Ylä-Hokkala
Moderated by Ruth Wikler, Director of Circus Programming TOHU

Artists


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.


Program

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In The News

ELISABETH VINCENTELLI, THE NEW YORK TIMES: “Romeo Castellucci, the Provocative Italian Stage Director”
New Yorkers get to see a lot of Shakespeare, but it’s usually not as out there as “Julius Caesar. Spared Parts.” Directed by Romeo Castellucci, this 45-minute performance boils down the play to three main scenes, and even they are almost unrecognizable. Mark Antony’s funeral speech, for instance, is delivered in a barely decipherable rasp by an actor, Dalmazio Masini, who has had a tracheotomy. Continue Reading

Credits

Spring is co-produced with Cambridge Junction, London International Mime Festival, and Plateforme 2 pôles Cirque en Normandie / La Brèche à Cherbourg et le Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf. Spring is supported by artsdepot, Arts Council England, Birmingham Hippodrome, CIRCa pôle National des Arts du Cirque Auch Gers Occitanie, Lighthouse Poole, Theatre Op de Markt.

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.

Details

Date: December 15
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Organizer

Organizer Name: Arts & Cultural Programming