Performances, Montclair State University’s acclaimed performing arts series, launched
its 2015 – 2016 season in style with the world premiere of Elements
of Oz, a new
work by The Builders Association that integrated augmented reality technology
with live performance – a first in the theater world.
Isherwood wrote in The New York Times
that Elements of Oz is “loose, loopy
and enjoyable…a technologically sophisticated new show that riffs on ‘The
Wizard of Oz,’” and “illustrates the pervasive cultural reach of the movie.”
production was an auspicious beginning to a season that encompasses works by an
audacious group of international artists expanding the boundaries of
contemporary theater, dance and music.
addition to Elements of Oz, which
ended its run on October 4, the season includes three more world premieres. Award-winning
jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch returns to Peak Performances October 15 –
18 with Rooms
of Light: The Life of Photographs,
a song cycle he created with acclaimed poet Mary Jo Salter that explores the
impact of photography, from the Civil War to the selfie.
Liz Gerring’s last appearance at Peak Performances generated wildly
enthusiastic reviews and was named one of The
New York Times’ top ten dance performances of 2013. She will debut her
latest work, Horizon, at Peak Performances December
10 – 13.
choreographer Nora Chipaumire, named a “rock star of downtown dance,” debuts a
live piece called Portrait
of Myself as My
along with the second film produced by Dance for Film on Location at Montclair
State University next April.
season also includes an extraordinary performance by legendary theater director
Robert Wilson as Krapp in Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s
(American premiere, March 17 – 20); a rare East Coast appearance by
Seattle-based choreographer Pat Graney, whose interest in the feminist artists
of the 1970s inspired Girl
22 – 25); the American premiere of The
Book of Disquiet,
the first large-scale work by Grawemeyer Award-winning Dutch composer Michel
van der Aa to be produced in the U.S. (January 21 – 24); The
Double Edge Theatre’s brilliant, Chagall-inspired revue of the events of the 20th
a charming revision of a 1753 opéra
comique full of romance and mistaken identity from France’s Ensemble
Amarillis; the return of Romeo Castellucci (Hey
Girl and On the Concept of the Face…)
with the American premiere of Go
and performances by Montclair State’s resident string quartet, Shanghai Quartet, on December 18 and May 7.
Peak Performances is a program of the Office of Arts and Cultural Programming (ACP). “Peak Performances is the new gold standard for arts programming at institutions of higher education across the country,” says ACP Executive Director Jedediah Wheeler. “If one was in doubt, look at the high caliber of artists being offered at the Alexander Kasser Theater for an insanely reasonable ticket price.”
Tickets to all performances are $20 and are available at the Alexander Kasser Theater Box Office, by calling 973-655-5112 or online at peakperfs.org. There is no charge for Montclair State University undergraduates with valid ID. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before curtain to claim your PAF ticket.