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Co-directed by Anne Bogart and Elizabeth Streb
Adapted from the plays of Charles Mee
Created and Performed by SITI Company & STREB Extreme Action
World Premiere performances took place at the Alexander Kasser Theater September 24-30, 2019
Two titans of the avant-garde director Anne Bogart and choreographer Elizabeth Streb—join forces with the playwright Charles Mee in an original production at the Alexander Kasser Theater. Actors and dancers slam the stage to tell intimate tales while being slimed by a merciless Guck Machine and dodging life-threatening projectiles. Artists, ideas, and objects collide in this radical lovefest.
The capture of FALLING & LOVING is available in the U.S. and its territories.
TV broadcast premiered Sunday, October 11, 2020, on ALL ARTS network.
Co-Produced by PEAK Performances @ Montclair State University
|Janet Eilber, Artistic Director|
Music by Aaron Copland
Set by Isamu Noguchi
Choreography by Martha Graham
Music by Augusta Read Thomas
Choreography by Troy Schumacher
Music performed by International Contemporary Ensemble
Conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni
Performances (surrounding the 75th Anniversary of Appalachian Spring and marking the World Premiere of The Auditions, commissioned by PEAK Performances) took place November 14-17, 2019 at the Alexander Kasser Theater.
Martha Graham Dance Company performs the iconic dance maker’s most celebrated work, Appalachian Spring, music by Aaron Copland, with the world premiere of PEAK Performances’ commission The Auditions, choreographed by Troy Schumacher and composed by Augusta Read Thomas. Music performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble, conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni.
TV broadcast premiere and available online beginning Sunday, November 8, 2020, at 8PM
Music and Choreography for The Auditions commissioned by PEAK Performances @ Montclair State University
Gandini Juggling and Alexander Whitley
Director: Sean Gandini
Choreographer: Alexander Whitley
U.S. Premiere performances took place at the Alexander Kasser Theater December 12-15, 2019
The seismic juggling virtuoso Sean Gandini collaborates with visionary choreographer Alexander Whitley to create Spring. This production mixes mind-bending juggling and dance into a kaleidoscopic dreamscape propelled by an immersive score by Gabriel Prokofiev. This performance is a refreshing and entertaining production at the vanguard of contemporary circus.
TV broadcast premiere and available online beginning Sunday, December 13, 2020, at 8PM
Performed by: Erika Dohl, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore and Isabelle O’Connell
Performances, marking Grand Band’s PEAK debut, the Alexander Kasser Theater February 14 & 15, 2020
Grand Band is a six-piano musical ensemble composed of the finest contemporary-classical pianists. The sextet envelopes the audience in the sonic euphoria of contemporary compositions by Kate Moore, Julia Wolfe, Missy Mazzoli, and Julius Eastman, in a tour de force combination of sight and sound. Three Fragile Systems is complemented by the debut of an animated film by Joshua Frankel.
TV broadcast premiere and available online beginning Sunday, January 10, 2021, at 8PM
The animated film Emergent System was commissioned by PEAK Performances @ Montclair State University
Choreography Richard Alston | Martin Lawrance
Pianist Jason Ridgeway | Soprano Gelsey Bell
Performances, which included the U.S. Premieres of Detour, Shine On, and Brahms Hungarian, took place February 20-24, 2020 at the Alexander Kasser Theater.
Richard Alston Dance Company returned to the Alexander Kasser Theater for its final American engagement before the company closed its doors after more than 25 years. A selection of signature works including Brahms Hungarian, highlights the unflagging invention of this beloved group, led by Sir Richard Alston, one of the world’s finest choreographers celebrating his 50th year of making dances.
TV broadcast premiere and available online beginning Sunday, February 14, 2021, at 8PM