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M Stabat Mater

  • Peak Performances - Alexander Kasser Theater, 1 Normal Avenue Montclair, NJ, 07043 United States (map)

“M” is for mother and motherhood, the inspiration for Inbal Oshman’s M Stabat Mater, choreographed to Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s 18th-century musical setting of the Stabat Mater (“Sorrowful Mother”) which on this occasion will be performed live by NYBI. Pregnant with her third child and moved by a performance of Pergolesi’s version of the 13th-century hymn portraying Mary’s vigil at the foot of Jesus Christ on the cross, Oshman melded contemporary dance with early music to create a sensual and powerful piece that explores universal aspects of motherhood, from strength and intensity to vulnerability and tenderness. M Stabat Mater alludes to mythological mothers throughout history, including Mary, as well as the fierce Hindu goddess Kali and the four matriarchs of the Old Testament – Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah.

Thursday, April 12 at 7:30pm
Friday, April 13 at 7:30pm
Saturday, April 14 at 8:00pm
Sunday, April 15 at 3:00pm