Elisa Monte Dance celebrates 35th Season

Elisa Monte Dance 35th anniversary seasonElisa Monte Dance, an emotionally charged and acclaimed dance company that champions individuality, has announced its pivotal 35th season. The season will mark the official departure of Elisa Monte as director from the company she began in 1981.


Centered around a special New York Season at the renovated and rejuvenated Aaron Davis Hall, the 2016 celebration will feature three unique programs, drawing upon critically-acclaimed repertory from both Monte and rising Artistic Director Tiffany Rea-Fisher, plus two premieres. These programs will provide a retrospective of Monte’s classics, culminating in a reunion performance featuring audience-favorite alumni from the company’s 35-year history on March 2-5.


Fall highlights include a residency and performances at Dickinson University on November 7-11 and the board of directors’ fall showcase on November 19 that will offer pop-up performances, wine tasting, raffle prizes and a tribute to Elisa Monte. Winter introduces new partners and ideas with first-ever collaboration with the New York Youth Symphony, as well as site-specific works around New York City. Spring engagements include a residency and performances at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (March 14-20), a residency at East Carolina University (March 28-April 1), and a Louisiana Tech University performance (April 14). Summer provides opportunities to see Rea-Fisher and Monte’s work individually, with the former presenting an evening of her choreography at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn on May 26-27 and the latter in a joint program at New York Live Arts on June 14-18 before Rea-Fisher assumes the role of artistic director.


“As the company reaches 35 years as a foremost American modern dance company, it is a time for a great celebration,” explains Tiffany Rea-Fisher, current associate artistic director. “Where many peers in the field from the earliest days no longer have viable companies, Elisa Monte has continued against many odds to maintain a company that performs worldwide each year to great acclaim as well as training and providing dancers with performance opportunities. The company wants the 35th anniversary home season to bring fans and friends together to experience the company’s rich contributions to American modern dance and to view iconic repertory that has not been performed in many years.”


Not only will this anniversary season mark a monumental transition for the company it also reaffirms their commitment to bringing dance into the communities where they live and perform. At the NY Season, Monte will add to her collection of more than 50 works with the world premiere of Pangaea, the culmination of a four-year study of issues that impact the planet and its inhabitants. Rea-Fisher will premiere a new group work, Newton’s Cradle, which examines the known and unknown consequences of one’s actions. Audiences can expect special guest performers and alumni appearances, including Rea-Fisher herself, as well as legacy material, and opportunities to engage with the artists through pre- and post-show discussions.


The season also integrates a host of outreach initiatives to offer the New York community an opportunity to participate in classes, movement exercises and special events to build engagement with contemporary dance. Through these events and more this season will expand audience engagement with City College Center for the Arts at Aaron Davis Hall, a Harlem destination that bridges artists and patrons.


For further information on Elisa Monte Dance, visit www.elisamontedance.org.


Photo: Elisa Monte Dance. Photo by Matthew Murphy.