Elisa Monte Dance (EMD), a renowned modern dance company founded by former Martha Graham principal, Elisa Monte and currently helmed by Artistic Director Tiffany Rea-Fisher celebrates its 38th anniversary season with the establishment of an Anchor Partnership at The Flea Theater located in Manhattan. This partnership offers itinerant artistic companies the ability to leverage The Flea Theater’s in-house support system and to further their artistic reach. This is EMD’s inaugural season as an Anchor Partner at The Flea Theater.
For the company’s May 9-12 season, Rea-Fisher will present the world premiere of “And Then They Were” a meditative reaction to the turbulent nature of the world. This ethereal work celebrates the moments of beauty and light hidden in the everyday and is the first repertory piece for EMD, which incorporates pointe work into its choreography but stays true to the modern dance canon.
Audiences will also be able to experience two excerpts. “H.E.R.” is commissioned by the uptown arts organization, Harlem Stage, as part of their celebration of the Centennial of the Harlem Renaissance and will premiere in February 2020. It pays homage to the artistic work and lives of three black, queer playwrights/writers Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Mary Powell Burrill and Angelina Weld Grimké, who a century ago, gave voice to the underrepresented and pushed the boundaries of society by advocating for suffrage, LGBTQ and civil rights. “The Best-Self Project” examines race, gender, sexuality, and societal roles. Experienced as a conversation that is interrupted by dance, this solo work incorporates text, audience interaction, and sketch-comedy-inspired improvisation. In this piece, the audience is the star of the show.
The company will also reprise “Dreamtime,” a seminal repertory work by Elisa Monte. Centered on Australian Aboriginal rituals, this full company work is a wild ride of music and movement that pulsates with grounded, angular movements influenced by ancient tribal rites that explore a set pool of movement then moves through hypnotic variations that expand on that theme. Inspired by the lucid state, the company moves through reality into dreamtime.
On Mother’s Day, May 12 join EMD for a special performance experience. After the show, the dancers of EMD will offer a free, all ages and levels movement class showcasing its brand of modern dance. After the class, the company will offer the audience a special champagne and chocolate reception in honor of Mother’s Day.
Performances will take place:
Thursday, May 9
Friday, May 10
Saturday, May 11
Sunday, May 12
Tickets range from $12 to $27 and can be purchased online at www.TheFlea.org. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 212-352-3101.
Thursday May 09, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 am
Various Cover: 12.00 - 27.00
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