Peak Performances’ Jedediah Wheeler to receive major award at APAP conference



From Jan. 15 to Jan. 19, more than 3,600 bookers, artists, managers, agents and other arts leaders from all over the world will gather in New York for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ annual conference, attending showcases, professional development sessions and other events. And on Jan. 18, at the event’s annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon at the New York Midtown Hilton, Jedediah Wheeler of Montclair State University’s cutting-edge Peak Performances series will be given the William Dawson Award for Programmatic Excellence and Sustained Achievement. Choreographer Elizabeth Streb will present him with the award.

A panel of national arts leaders and arts presenters made the selection. Several other awards will be given out at the ceremony as well.

In a press release, APAP described Peak Performances as “recognized internationally for its commitment to creating and presenting works without compromise by singular artists in theater, dance, music, opera and performance art.”

Peak Performances’ current season has already included an innovative multimedia take on the “The Wizard of Oz” called “Elements of Oz”; the premiere of “Rooms of Light,” a song cycle about photography by composer Fred Hersch and lyricist Mary Jo Salter; and adventurous dance pieces by Pat Graney and Liz Gerring Dance.

Coming up soon are the U.S. premiere of “The Book of Disquiet” (Jan. 21-24), the first large-scale work by Dutch composer Michel van der Aa to be presented in the United States; Double Edge Theatre’s “The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century)” (Feb. 4-7), which depicts major events of that time through music, dance, circus arts and multimedia projections, and was inspired by the works of Marc Chagall; and Samuel Beckett’s “Krapp’s Last Tape” (March 17-20), starring Robert Wilson in a production he directed and designed.

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