Frank Rodriguez plays Shylock in the Italian production of “Merchant of Venice.” COURTESY ANDREA MESSANA

Peak Performances’ 2017-2018 season will center entirely on new works by women, including nine premieres in theater, dance and music. All performances will take place at the Alexander Kasser Theater, 1 Normal Drive, Montclair State University.

The season:

• “The Merchant of Venice,” from Karin Coonrod and Compagnia de’ Colombari, direct from a run in Venice’s Jewish Ghetto, will run Sept. 19-Oct. 1. Companion programming includes a roundtable discussion with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Shakespeare scholars, on Saturday, Sept. 23.

• Ashley Fure’s opera “The Force of Things,” a collaboration with Adam Fure, performed by International Contemporary Ensemble, Oct. 6-8.

• “New Work for Goldberg Variations,” created by choreographer Pam Tanowitz and pianist Simone Dinnerstein, performed by Dinnerstein and a septet of dancers, Oct. 19-22.

• “The Sisters Macaluso,” from Italian stage and film director Emma Dante, in her New York/New Jersey debut, Nov. 16-19.

• “ink,” the Culmination of Camille A. Brown & Dancers’ trilogy of dance-theater works about culture, race and identity, Feb. 1-4.

• Leonora and Alejandro: La Maga y El Maestro, in which Stacy Klein and Double Edge Theatre create a conversation between Leonora Carrington, Mexican artist, writer and Women’s Liberation Movement co-founder; and Chilean-French filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, March 17-25.

• Israeli choreographer Inbal Oshman’s “M Stabat Mater,” an exploration of motherhood set to Pergolesi’s music, performed with New York Baroque Incorporated, April 12-15. Led by double bass and viola da gamba player Wen Yang.

• Spanish playwright-director Angélica Liddell’s Emily Dickinson-inspired work “Esta Breve Tragedia de la Carne “(“This Brief Tragedy of Flesh”), performed by Liddell’s company Atra Bilis Teatro, April 19-22.

• “Spinning,” a collaboration between composer Julia Wolfe, cellist Maya Beiser and visual artist Laurie Olinder, May 10-13. “Spinning” is a multimedia production about the timeless art of spinning thread.

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