“In this playful offering in the Peak Performances series,” wrote Robert Johnson of Gandini Juggling’s Alexander Whitley-choreographed “Spring” in a review for NJArts.net last year, “balls, rings and clubs spin madly around the performers’ heads and limbs. Plucking these items from their orbits and recycling them, the jugglers send them aloft again, creating their own hailstorms. They are the ultimate multi-taskers.”
A film of this work, a fusion of dance and circus arts, will debut in the Peak HD on All Arts series, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. It will be shown on TV at that time, and will remain viewable online at peakperfs.org/peak-hd. More information on where it can be found on TV (it is on different channels in different cable systems) is listed at that web page as well.
Peak HD on All Arts is part of WNET’s All Arts, which WNET describes as an “arts and culture hub.” For more information, and to download the free All Arts app, visit allarts.org.
Two other performances filmed at Montclair State’s University’s Peak Performances series can currently be seen there as well: Martha Graham Dance Company’s “Appalachian Spring” and “The Auditions” (presented in November 2019) and SITI Company & STREB Extreme Action’s dance/theater piece, “Falling & Loving” (presented in October 2019). And two more shows are scheduled to be added in 2021: A concert by the six-piano group Grand Band (from February 2020) on Jan. 10; and a performance by the Richard Alston Dance Company (also presented in February 2020) on Feb. 14.
In anticipation of the Gandini Juggling premiere, the new, 16th episode of Peak Performances’ “Talking Cure” podcast is devoted to a conversation between Montclair State’s executive director for arts and cultural programming Jedediah Wheeler and Montclair State professors Mika Munakata and the Ashwin Vaidya, who co-wrote a paper (with Gandini Juggling director Sean Gandini) titled “Inspiring Mathematical Creativity Through Juggling.” All podcasts in this series can be heard at peakperfs.org/podcasts.
Here is a trailer for Gandini Juggling’s “Spring”:
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