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Appalachian Spring & The Auditions
Peak World Premiere

Martha Graham Dance Company

November 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on November 15, 2019 at 7:30 pm

One event on November 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm

One event on November 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Comprising the “most skilled and powerful dancers you can ever hope to see” (The Washington Post), Martha Graham Dance Company performs the iconic dance maker’s most celebrated work, Appalachian Spring, in concert with a Peak Performances commission, The Auditions by choreographer Troy Schumacher and composer Augusta Read Thomas. This new work has been designed to resonate with Graham’s classic, which turns 75 this year. “America’s foremost new-music group” (Alex Ross), the International Contemporary Ensemble joins the Graham Company for these world-class renditions of new music by Thomas and the original Pulitzer Prize–winning score for Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland.

Janet Eilber, Artistic Director
Music performed by International Contemporary Ensemble
Conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni

Appalachian Spring (75th-Anniversary Performance)
Music by Aaron Copland
Set by Isamu Noguchi
Choreography by Martha Graham
Costume Design by Karen Young
Lighting Design by Yi Chung Chen


The Auditions – Peak World Premiere
Music by Augusta Read Thomas
Choreography by Troy Schumacher
Costume Design by Karen Young
Lighting Design by Yi-Chung Chen


19 Poses Instagram Photo Opp
Wednesday, November 13, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Pose and post on Instagram with a life-sized cardboard cutout of legendary dancer and choreographer Martha Graham, dancers from the company, and Rocky the Red Hawk. Learn one of the “19 Poses” to embody female empowerment and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which finally granted women the right to vote.

Find us on the Student Center Plaza, the MSU amphitheater, and the steps of the Kasser Theater throughout the morning (rain locations: University Hall Grand Concourse and SCM lobby). Join us from 12:30-1pm in the Kasser Theater Lobby for the final photo opp.

The 19 Poses honor Graham’s revolutionary approach to representing women on stage; each is drawn from an evocative and powerful moment from her many iconic performances. Capture your pose on Instagram using the hashtags #19poses and #gramyourgraham and tag us @peakperfs @marthagrahamdance

Sneak Peak
Friday, November 15, 6:00pm
Alexander Kasser Theater
Appalachian Spring conversation with Neil Baldwin, Professor of Theatre & Dance at Montclair State University, and Janet Eilber, Artistic Director Martha Graham Dance Company.

First Impressions
Saturday, November 16, post-performance
Troy Schumacher, Janet Eilber, Augusta Read Thomas, Vimbayi Kaziboni
For more information, visit www.peakperfs.org/engage

Special Children’s Event
Sunday, November 17 @ 2:00 PM
Join us for a special reading of the children’s book Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring
Written by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan and read by the dynamic Janet Eilber, Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Dance Company. Following the reading, the historic dance company performs an hour-long program of classic works and a world premiere.

Children ages 4+ can attend this event and performance for a one-time price of $10 per ticket

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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Music performed live by International Contemporary Ensemble with Music Director Vimbayi Kaziboni

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.


Date: November 15
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Organizer Name: Arts & Cultural Programming