Peak Performances tops Wendy Perron's "Best of 2016" list not once, not twice, but THREE times! Guest artist Deborah Hay, Nora Chipaumire and Bill T. Jones are among the honorable mentions.
"Figure a Sea by Deborah Hay, at Peak Performances in Montclair, NJ. Originally made for Sweden’s Cullberg Ballet, it sets out an expanse of constant change among 20 intermingling dancers, like a nighttime sky with stars that twinkle here and there. When you catch a falling star, you don’t know where it started from."
"Nora Chipaumire’s portrait of myself as my father...She takes on a boisterous, humiliated black manhood, imagining what her father endured in Zimbabwe. The snarling and swaggering give way to compassion, but along the way we are alarmed as much as entertained."
"Analogy/Dora: Tramontane, commissioned by Peak Performances, with the NYC premiere at the Joyce. The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company combines the stories of Holocaust survivor Dora Amelan with Jones’ signature shape-shifting. The dancers recite the story of her escape with great sensitivity, avoiding sentimentality. Bjorn Amelan (Dora’s son) contributes flats and boxes that keep the story moving. Jones has made a work of art from genocide, and that’s quite an accomplishment."
Up next at Peak Performances is the Richard Alston Dance Company Feb. 2 - 5! Get your tickets here.
Check out Wendy Perron's complete list for Dance Magazine here.