For Immediate Release:
26th Anniversary Season
The internationally acclaimed Elisa Monte Dance will perform another exciting season of dance including the New York premiere of “Slope of Enlightenment” featuring a newly commissioned score by acclaimed jazz musician, Richard Bennett, as well as revivals of “Hardwood,” “Treading” and “Pigs and Fishes” when the company returns to New York City’s Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Avenue) October 30th through November 4th. Celebrating 26 years of rich history, Elisa Monte continues to illustrate her intimate connection with many of the century’s greatest masters such as Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey and Agnes deMille, while maintaining a fresh, vitality to her work that is widely respected for its emotional, sensual style and intricate technique. The season showcases Ms. Monte’s commitment to creative collaboration by introducing composers to the dance world through the use of their work and commissioning new music for contemporary dance.
The engagement’s debut work, “Slope of Enlightenment” follows the transformation of one’s self through unpredictable situations and captures the emotional agility that is required to survive. Featuring music by composer Richard Bennett, ‘Slope of Enlightenment’ was inspired by and is a tribute to the life and artistry of long-time company member Fabrice Lamego. The program was made possible by a commissioning grant awarded to Elisa Monte Dance by the Commission Initiative of The Joyce Theatre earlier this year.
“Hardwood” (2006) is a 25-minute piece where male and female quartets travel and unite during anarchic and intricate partnering. Composer John King’s music is at the center of this imaginative and visceral work that is both physical and playful while contrasting the differing energies of the male and female dancers.
Monte’s mesmerizing signature work “Treading” (1979), with music by Steve Reich, was originally commissioned by Martha Graham Dance Company as a part of a choreography initiative to develop new work from their artists. Hailed as hypnotic, ‘Treading’ accentuates the artistry and technical virtuosity of this troupe and has been performed to critical and audience acclaim.
One of the most popular works from Monte’s repertory is the full-company piece “Pigs and Fishes” (1982). The powerful and driving piece, with music by Glenn Branca, focuses on the coming together of opposing forces in a communal triumph over adversity and struggle. ‘Pigs and Fishes’ was first commissioned by Alvin Ailey for his legendary dance company.
The company will feature Joe Celej, Werner Figar, Matthew Fisher, Rachel Holmes, Fabrice Lamego (guest artist), Amber Nicole Mayberry, Tiffany Rea, Maya Taylor and Andre Machari Zachery. Lighting designed by Clifton Taylor.
Supporters of Elisa Monte Dance include The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Hayes Foundation, the Klingenstein Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, the Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund and The New York State Council on the Arts.
“Slope of Enlightenment” has been commissioned by The Joyce Theater's Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New Work.
The performance schedule in New York, at The Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street) is: Tuesday, October 30th and Wednesday, October 31st at 7:30PM, Thursday, November 1st through Saturday, November 3rd at 8PM and Sunday, November 4th at 2PM and 7:30PM. All tickets are $40 except for Sunday at 7:30 when tickets are $25. For additional information and to purchase tickets, call JoyceCharge at (212) 242-0800 or online: www.joyce.org.
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