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QUIXOTE lead creative team: Amy Beth Kirsten (composer/librettist) and Mark DeChiazza (director/designer) consult during the July 2016 workshop at Montclair State University. (Photo by Gennadi Novash courtesy of Peak Performances @ Montclair State University)

QUIXOTE lead creative team: Amy Beth Kirsten (composer/librettist) and Mark DeChiazza (director/designer) consult during the July 2016 workshop at Montclair State University. (Photo by Gennadi Novash courtesy of Peak Performances @ Montclair State University)


 

ABOUT the PeARL Extended Residency

"The Office of Arts & Cultural Programming (ACP) at Montclair State University and its Executive Director, Jedediah Wheeler, announce an Extended Residency Program for performing artists. Artists in this program will be given studio and stage time over a two year period resulting in new work to be presented by MSU’s acclaimed series Peak Performances at The Alexander Kasser Theater.

The Extended Residency Program emphasizes a deep creative process for artists in tandem with opening that experience to MSU students of all fields who may take inspiration from the evolution of new work.

The first artists selected for The Extended Residency Program are Amy Beth Kirsten (composer, librettist, and vocalist) and Mark DeChiazza (director, choreographer, and video artist) who will develop QUIXOTE a musical fantasy based on The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes (1605 / 1615).

QUIXOTE, for three vocalists and four vocalizing percussionists, will be created for and with the ensemble HOWL featuring Lindsay Kesselman (soprano), Hai-Ting Chinn (mezzo-soprano), Kirsten Sollek (contralto), Ian Rosenbaum, Victor Caccese, Terry Sweeney, Jonny Allen (of Sandbox Percussion).  This is the third collaboration between Kirsten and DeChiazza with the most recent resulting in the acclaimed Colombine’s Paradise Theatre (2013) produced and performed by the multi Grammy-winning ensemble eighth blackbird with support from the MAP Fund.

The World Premiere of Quixote will be March 23, 2017 – PeakPerformances, The Alexander Kasser Theater, followed by performances on March 24-26, 2017.

In the past ten years Arts & Cultural Programming at Montclair State University has provided creative residencies for Fred Hersch, Bill T. Jones, Susan Marshall, David T. Little and Royce Vavrek, Robert Wilson, Liz Gerring, Trisha Brown, Andrea Miller, Heidi Latsky and Jan Fabre."