Peak Performances Presents Carolyn Carlson’s “Double Vision”

Famed expat artist brings first U.S. performances in five years to the Kasser Theater, October 14-17

Carolyn Carlson, one of America’s great artistic expats, makes her first U.S. appearance in five years when she performs the American premiere of her solo Double Vision at Montclair State University’s Alexander Kasser Theater, October 14-17. A magical use of multimedia to create a fantastical new world of light, color and motion, the 2006 work was choreographed in collaboration with Electronic Shadow (architect Naziha Mestaoui and media artist Yacine Aït Kaci).

Carolyn Carlson’s career has taken her all over the world. Born in California, she was a principal in Alwin Nikolais Dance Theatre in New York City from 1965 to 1971 when she moved to France, where she was appointed Etoile-Chorégraphe at the Paris Opera Ballet from 1974 to 1980. She played a key role in the development of French and Italian contemporary dance through the Paris Opera Ballet’s GRCOP (Choreographic Research Group of the Paris Opera) and Teatrodanza at La Fenice (1980-84). She was Resident Artist at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Resident Artist at the Helsinki City Theater and the Finnish National Ballet, and the Artistic Director of the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm.

Carlson has created more than 100 pieces including such classics: “Density 21.5,” “The Year of the Horse,” “Blue Lady,” “Steppe,” “Maa,” “Signes,” “Writings on Water” and “Inanna.” She creates dances that embody philosophical and spiritual ideas and prefers the term “visual poetry” to “choreography” to describe her work. The Carolyn Carlson Company consists of a core group of 19 dancers who come together in various combinations depending on the project.

In 2006, Carlson’s work was awarded the first Golden Lion given to a choreographer by the Venice Biennale. Currently, Carlson is director of two organizations: the National Choreographic Centre Roubaix Nord-Pas de Calais, which produces and tours shows all over the world, and the 11-year-old Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson, an international center, which offers master classes, artistic residencies and studio space for the creation of new work.


Thursday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 16 at 8 p.m. (with post-performance community conversation)
Sunday, October 17 at 3 p.m.

All tickets are $15 and are available at the Alexander Kasser Theater Box Office, by calling 973-655-5112 or online at 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.

Double Vision was co-produced by the Centre Chorégraphique National Roubaix Nord-Pas de Calais, iDEALiD and La Condition Publique.

Peak Performances acknowledges the generous support of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Discover Jersey Arts, the Honorable Mary Mochary and Alison and James T. Cirenza.

Released: September 30, 2010