2012 RALPH J. GLEASON AWARD
The Precipice is an original dark fairytale that is destined to be a genre-breaking piece of theater–a dazzling menage a trois between Cirque du Soleil, Alvin Ailey, and the Broadway hit Wicked, with a jazz twist. The Precipice merges multiple forms of storytelling on stage including mask work, puppetry, aerial dance, ballet, live music, and video projections. The multifaceted nature of the show merits a highly collaborative process that integrates an eclectic group of performers working together to create a spectacular theatrical production. A full-scale production of The Precipice is currently in development and was granted a competitive residency at Z Space, a premiere theater venue in San Francisco renowned for showcasing cutting-edge theater. Z space offers developmental support for new work, providing critical resources as well as institutional support to enable new shows like The Precipice to realize their full potential.
The Ralph J. Gleason Award is in memory of music journalist Ralph J. Gleason, a major figure in the advancement of music in America in the 1960s, whose openness to new music and ideas transcended differences between generations and styles.