Podcast: The Talking CureConversations with Jed Wheeler

“The Talking Cure” are informal conversations between Montclair State University’s Executive Director for Arts + Cultural Programming Jedediah Wheeler and innovative artists and administrators from PEAK Performances’ local and worldwide community. This series of podcasts highlight issues that expand our appreciation of the contemporary performing arts experience as told by creative practitioners.
Produced by The Office of Arts + Cultural Programming at Montclair State University.
Content Creator, Natalie Marx.

Ep 12. The Talking Cure: David Roussève

In 2014 PEAK Performances co-commissioned Stardust, choreographed, written, and directed by David Roussève. The piece follows an African American gay teenager who with the emotion-laden tweets and text messages he sends explores the evolving nature of intimacy in our technology-driven, furiously paced world. In this conversation, David Roussève revisits Stardust in relation to the overwhelming virtuality of life in Coronavirus lockdown, the importance of telling stories of the disfranchised, but asking himself what else to do at this moment of personal and social introspection.

Recorded remotely on June 25, 2020.

Ep 11. The Talking Cure: Michael Vogel and Gianni Bettucci | Familie Flöz

In this episode of the Talking Cure two member of Familie Flöz join our video call from Germany and talk about the tendency of using failure, antiheroes and comedy in their physical theater, the use of masks on stage in times of Covid-19 and what gives them hope for change in this “fiasco we are in now”.

Recorded remotely on May 13, via Zoom.

Ep 10. The Talking Cure: Ruth Wikler | TOHU

“Contemporary Circus… is the most exciting experimental art form right now”
– Ruth Wikler

Ruth Wikler discusses Circus Arts before and after Covid-19. She is the Deputy Director of Programming, Circus Arts at TOHU, the North American centre for performance, creativity, experimentation, and convergence of culture, the environment and community involvement and also organizer of the MICC (International Market of Contemporary Circus) an annual event that brings together companies and industry presenters from all continents.

Recorded remotely on May 5, 2020 via Zoom.

Ep 9. The Talking Cure: nora chipaumire

In this episode of the Talking Cure: conversations with Jedediah Wheeler, the fierce Zimbabwean choreographer and performer nora chipaumire revisits the making of her African superhero film AfroPromo #1: KINGLADY, her experiences with race in the United States and “running into the fire” of colonial history in her first opera “The Queen vs Nehanda.”

Recorded remotely on June 11, 2020 via Zoom.

EP8: Kate Soper

In this episode of The Talking Cure, composer, performer, and writer Kate Soper shares her story about life after the ‘shut down’ and the world premiere of The Romance of the Rose at the Alexander Kasser Theater due to COVID-19; how she is staying in touch with collaborators from the Wet Ink Ensemble and her new Youtube quarantine project Unwritten Operas.

Recorded remotely on April 29, via Zoom.

EP7: Stacy Klein | Double Edge Theatre

In this episode theatre artist, and visionary Stacy Klein talks about Double Edge Theatre’s living culture, moving from Boston to a farm in rural Massachusetts, and how she and her ensemble are imagining new ways to stay connected with the community in times of social distancing.

Stacy Klein and Double Edge Theatre will be returning this fall to the Alexander Kasser Theater with Leonora & Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro, inspired in the life of surrealist painter Leonora Carrington and Alejandro Jodorowsky. Learn more about Leonora & Alejandro: La Maga y el Maestro.


Recorded remotely on April 23, via Zoom.

EP6: Richard Alston

In this episode of The Talking Cure: Conversations with Jed Wheeler, British choreographer Richard Alston talks about his final American engagement in the Alexander Kasser Theater, his knighthood and what inspired him to make dances during this 5O years of career.

Recorded on February 19, 2020 at WMSC Radio.

EP5: Spring | Sean Gandini

In this episode of The Talking Cure: Conversations with Jed Wheeler, the avant-garde virtuosos of Gandini Juggling talks about his juggling career and the upcoming American premiere of SPRING, a collaboration with British choreographer Alexander Whitley

Recorded on December 10, 2019 at WMSC Radio.

EP4: The Auditions | Augusta Read Thomas

Augusta Read Thomas, composer of The Auditions, commissioned by Montclair State University and Peak Performances talks about her collaboration with choreographer, Troy Schumacher for the Martha Graham Dance Company.

This new work has been designed to resonate with Graham’s classic, Appalachian Spring, 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.

Recorded on July 31, 2019.

EP3: Appalachian Spring | The Auditions

Janet Eilber, Artistic Director of the Martha Graham Dance Company and choreographer Troy Schumacher speak about the legendary Appalachian Spring in its 75th year anniversary and the new piece commissioned by Peak Performances, The Auditions, with music composed by Augusta Read Thomas.

Recorded on July 31, 2019.

EP2: Last Whispers

Trained in linguistics and philosophy, Lena Herzog is a multimedia artist whose work has been exhibited around the world. Last Whispers, an immersive cinematic experience dedicated to vanishing languages, is the result of Herzog’s ongoing interest in indigenous dialects, which are disappearing at an astonishing rate. By 2050, half of the roughly 7,000 languages spoken around the world will fall silent. In Herzog’s oratorio, the historical recordings of more than 40 endangered or lost languages come alive among the echoes of collapsing stars in a work The New Yorker critic Alex Ross calls “haunting and singular.”

Recorded on October 17, 2019.

EP1: Falling & Loving

Anne Bogart, Elizabeth Streb and Charles Mee speak to Peak Performances’ Executive Director Jed Wheeler about their collaboration for the upcoming world premier of “Falling & Loving” at the Alexander Kasser Theatre.

Recorded on Sept 17, 2019.