Liz Lerman's evening-length work The Matter of Origins, a co-commission by the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (University of Maryland - College Park) and Peak Performances (Montclair State University, NJ), premiered in 2010 and toured through 2011. Act 1 was onstage, a visceral multimedia inquiry into the beginnings of things and why we care so much about origins. Act 2 was "Tea," with the entire audience seated at tables with scientist-provocateurs engaging each table in conversation about the themes and topics raised by Act 1, interspersed with dance and media.

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