“Doug Elkins is one of the most witty, musical and inventive choreographers of his generation.” The New York Times
Since his days as a break dancing B Boy, Doug Elkins has not only turned himself on his head but the dance world as well. His irreverent and provocative work often deconstructs classics; Peak Performances' audiences may remember how the The Sound of Music was Elkinized into Fraulein Maria in 2010.
This program features the Elkins' take on Shakespeare's Othello and José Limon's The Moor's Pavane, Mo(or)town/Redux. Set to a Motown score, Mo(or)town Redux prompted this praise from Alastair Macaulay, chief dance critic of The New York Times: "It's a rare artist who can make you feel as though you'd never paid attention to one of the world's most popular songs. The song is 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine'; the artist is Doug Elkins."
In addition to Mo(or)town/Redux, Elkins premieres a new piece, O, round desire, and his new film, A Hundred Indecisions, produced by Dance for Film on Location at Montclair State University. These new works are set to scores that range from classical to rap and explore the writer Gabriel García Marquéz's notion that "one can be in love with several people at the same time ... and not betray any of them."
April 20 @ 6:00 pm
Walk the red carpet for the world premiere of Doug Elkins' new film, A Hundred Indecisions. Join Jedediah Wheeler, executive director of the Office of Arts and Cultural Programming, to celebrate the debut of A Hundred Indecisions, the third and final film produced by Dance for Film on Location at Montclair State University and to learn more about Peak Performances' 2017 – 18 season, devoted entirely to works by women innovators in the arts. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.
April 20 & 21, 12:00 – 7:15 pm; April 22, 12:00 – 7:45 pm; April 23 & 24, 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Join The Office of Arts and Cultural Programming for a retrospective of the films produced by Dance for Film on Location at Montclair State University with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Choreographers on Campus Initiative. The exhibition provides a comprehensive look at the films created by three outstanding dance artists – Heidi Latsky, Nora Chipaumire, and Doug Elkins – including photographs and a series of documentaries created by Montclair State film students that reflect the choreographers' experiences making work for the screen. Free and open to the public.
Friday, April 21 @ 2:30 pm
Readings by Grey Vild (poetry) and Claudia Cortese (poetry and fiction), celebrating doug elkins choreography, etc. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, April 22, post-performance
Join Doug Elkins and Wendy Perron for a conversation on choreography and dance for film immediately following the show. Free and open to the public.
Wendy Perron had a 30-year career as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and writer. She was a member of the Trisha Brown Company in the 1970s and made more than 40 works for her own group in the 1980s and 90s. She has taught dance technique, choreography, and criticism at many many colleges including Bennington and Princeton. Currently she teaches a graduate seminar at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. In the early 1990s, Ms. Perron served as associate director of Jacob's Pillow. Wendy has written for many publications including The New York Times, The Village Voice, Vanity Fair online, and Dance Magazine, where she was editor in chief from 2004 to 2013. Her book of selected writings, Through of the Eyes of a Dancer, was published in 2013. She is profiled in the documentary film Retracing Steps: American Dance Since Postmodernism (1988) and was inducted into New York Foundation for the Arts' Hall of Fame in 2011. She is currently editor at large at Dance Magazine and also posts commentary at wendyperron.com. The exhibit she co-curated at UC Santa Barbara, "Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, and Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955 – 1972," comes to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center May 24 to September 16.
Click here to watch Wendy Perron's "Choreography in Focus" with Doug Elkins for Dance Magazine.
Click here to read our interview with Doug in our season maga-chure!
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