Press Contact: Peter Cromarty
New York (212) 580-4222
Elisa Monte Dance
August 29th, 2006
You are cordially invited to attend the Elisa Monte Dance season which
will present the world premiere of "Hardwood" as well as major revivals
of "Days Residue," "Volkmann Suite" and "Shattered" when the company
returns to New York City's Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Avenue) Tuesday,
September 19th (7:30PM) through Sunday September 24th.
For your convenience, we are offering the following performances for
Tuesday, September 19th (7:30PM Opening Night)
Wednesday, September 20th (7:30PM)
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With 25 years of rich history, Elisa Monte's continues to illustrate her
intimate connection with many of the century's greatest masters such as
Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey and Agnes deMille, as well as transform and
pass on their distinctive techniques to the next generation of dancers.
The season showcases Ms. Monte's unique capacity to combine a wide range
of dynamic modern styles and her 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 pulse of composer John King's music is at the center of the new
dance "Hardwood." The work's male and female quartets travel and
coalesce during the often anarchic and intricate partnering of this
25-minute piece. Both physical and visceral qualities inform 'Hardwood,'
which incorporates the music's imagery and transforms it into a work
that is physical and playful while contrasting the differing energies of
the male and female groups. Monte's powerful "Days Residue" (2000) with
rhythmic music by Slovakian composer Vladimir Godar focuses on the
familiar daily occurrences that are used in working through our personal
dreams. Freud called the myriad sounds, thoughts, images and experience
---"the day's residue"----the elements from which our nightly dreams are
made. Eight dancers pattern through complex and intricate staging with
swirling long full skirts of color and cascading light.Capturing the
sensuality and warmth of photographer Roy Volkmann's extraordinary dance
photography and the music of Michael Nyman, "Volkmann Suite" (1997)
focuses on Ms. Monte's inspiration to reverse the traditional
relationship between photographer and choreographer. Developed out of a
photo-shoot and composed by blending together a series of photographic
moments, three dancers move organically as an entwined whole. With a
series of "picture-perfect" moments, the work combines startling
postures with primal configurations creating singular feats of precision
and physical control. "Shattered" (2001) is a fast and furious piece set
to the powerhouse music of Michael Gordon. Choreographed for the entire
company, the work captures the essence and energy of the music while
highlighting the company's agility and lighting speed with tour-de-force
intensity. "Life holds the unexpected. Embrace it and be
The company will feature Joe Celej, Lanette Costas, Matthew Fisher,
Fabrice Lamego, Karen More, Tiffany Rea and Andrew Zachery. Sets and
lighting designed by Clifton Taylor.
Please remember, tickets cannot be held unless we hear from you, so
e-mail or call us at 580-4222.
We look forward to seeing you at the Joyce!
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