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ELISA MONTE DANCE TO SHOWCASE NEW WORK AND UNIQUE COLLABORATION AT 2017 APAP CONFERENCE
Elisa Monte Dance, an emotionally charged and highly acclaimed dance company that champions individuality, continues in it’s 36th Season under new directorship. Upon the retirement of 35-year founder and director, Elisa Monte, Tiffany Rea-Fisher has spent the first half of the season creating new work, defining a newer and edgier image, and working on a broad range of collaborations. The first of these collaborations with Chris Brubeck’s Band, Triple Play, will be showcased at APAP, the world’s premiere gathering of performing arts professionals, on January 7. During this showcase, Rea-Fisher will also present her newest evening length work, Things Past.
Instrumental in defining American modern dance, Elisa Monte’s legacy is defined by the creation of a specific and stylized dance language. It is not a coincidence that Rea-Fishers first piece presented in the new year, encapsulates all that came before, but with a contemporary flair suited and relevant to today’s dancers and audiences. In the spirit of inevitable evolution, Things Past, first premiered for an intimate audience in May, exposes the human behind the performer. In accentuating a particular artist’s eccentricities and oddities, they become defined as building blocks to drawing our personal lineage and drawing roadmaps for what is to come. This work is also a direct reflection of new relationships forged between dancers and their new director, perhaps seeing them as different movers than they may have previously served as, and a chance to explore undiscovered or under-celebrated skills in a varied dance language.
“There is nothing more fitting than starting this new directorial season with Things Past, my first evening length work for the company,” explains Rea-Fisher. “The months following our 35thseason have been tremendous for us as a dance company. It has been a time of seeing each dancer through new eyes, learning key technique from the celebrated Monte repertory, and looking at ways to move and think differently. The new charge for the company is to cater to change, to new expectations and to the promise of progress.”
Lastly, musician Chris Brubeck, son of the acclaimed American jazz pianist and composer, Dave Brubeck, celebrates his father’s famous “cool jazz” standards with working along side Rea-Fisher and her dancers. A collaborative work set to live music, this work pays homage to the Brubeck legacy and its famous compositions, and enlightens it for the present—mirrored in Fisher’s movement approach. In setting movement with a contemporary modern flair, incorporating jazz, line dancing and pedestrian movement, Blue Rondo, Memphis Hesitation, and Take Five are the musical landscape of a work that merges past and present, a company theme of 2017.
ELISA MONTE DANCE APAP SCHEDULE
Things Past will be presented from in Studio 4 at New York City Center.
The showcase with Triple Play, will be presented from in Studio 5 at New York City Center.
TICKETS and VENUE INFORMATION
This showcase is free to the public. New York City Center is located on West 55th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. The studios are centrally located and accessible by the N, Q, R, W, F, D, E, A, B,C,D and 1 trains.
ABOUT ELISA MONTE DANCE
Founded in 1981, Elisa Monte Dance is hailed around the world for its visceral and sensual style and embodiment of diverse cultural influences. Based in New York City, the non-profit dance company actively tours nationally and internationally showcasing its distinctive cross-discipline style and bridging cultural barriers through dance. The company’s eight dancers rise to the creative challenge in an ecstatic display of physical prowess that gives life to an intense array of emotions. The company has taken a practical and integral approach to arts education, regularly teaching professional workshops and creative movement for K-12 schools as well as working with at-risk populations. The company recently developed an eight-week creative tools mentorship program in collaboration with Steps on Broadway. For more information visit www.elisamontedance.org.
The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) will bring more than 3,600 artists and performing industry leaders from the worlds of dance, theater, music, opera, family programing and more to New York City Jan. 6-10. Preconference workshops and events, many of which are free and open to the public, take place Jan. 5-6. You will especially want to attend and cover plenary sessions, where major artists and leaders from arts, culture and other sectors will share their perspectives on conference themes and engage with the audience of local, national and global arts professionals. Please also spread the word early that plenaries are also live streamed.
APAP works to advance the global performing arts industry, and the annual conference offers one-on-one contact and shared experience and insights for members, the public, and the media. The event provides significant opportunities, economically and creatively, for the range of constituents comprising the performing arts presenting field. This year APAP|NYC will feature artists and arts leaders at the top of their fields; more than 1,000 world-class performance showcases; more than 370 exhibitors promoting their artists and their work in the EXPO Hall; more than 60 professional development sessions and intensives, some open to the public; the annual APAP awards luncheon, and a free classical music concert at Carnegie Hall.
The conference again provides a platform for artists, presenters, promoters, and other performing arts professionals to reflect and engage in discussions and solutions around pressing current issues such as cultural conflict and social justice—issues that have intensified since last January and that resonate throughout our communities in the U.S. and worldwide, fueling our collective need for innovation and creativity.
•The opening plenary Friday at 5:00 pm will include
welcome remarks from Mario Garcia Durham, President and CEO of APAP,
opening remarks from a nationally-known arts and cultural leader (to be confirmed),
followed by a panel discussion moderated by Robyn Archer, Deputy Chair of the Australia Council.
Panelists will include several dynamic thought leaders such as
Chicana activist Martha Gonzalez, who is a singer/percussionist with Quetzal, a bilingual (Spanish-English) Chicano rock band from East Los Angeles
and Jose Antonio Vargas, founder of Define American.
An additional speaker will join the above to explore how artists and cultural leaders, in collaboration with agent/managers, presenters and other co-producers have the potential to serve as catalysts for positive community engagement that leads to social change and social justice.
•At the 9:00 am featured session Saturday, “Changing the Flow: Creativity, Innovation and Disruption at Work,”
Steven Tepper, dean of the new Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at ASU will lead a discussion
with digital media expert Michael Hawley and others to explore the creative capacities needed to advance culture, build community and address the most pressing challenges of today. (The institute at ASU is a think tank that brings high-powered creatives together to reconsider how we talk about the arts as a creative and innovative force.) The session is followed by breakout discussion groups.
•Sessions that tie to APAP year around programs, grants and resources, including:
oAPAP’s Building Bridges: Arts, Culture, and Identity grants program, aimed at building greater knowledge and awareness about Muslim societies and how to affect social change in these troubled times
oThe Cultural Exchange Laboratory (CXL), a new tool and resource to support the process of identifying, booking and touring international artists
oA session on how to use marketing research to build arts audiences, including hints on designing and applying market research activities to arts organizations (based on The Wallace Foundation’s Building Arts Audiences initiative)
oSharing of experiences by members of the first cohort of APAP Leadership Fellows who reach across generations, gender, job sectors and other ways performing arts professionals identify themselves in the presenting field
•The APAP|NYC “5 Minutes to SHINE!” competition Jan. 9 at 9:30 a.m., where artists, presenters, agents and other industry professionals share a compelling story or idea in an exciting pecha kucha format and the audience votes on one winner to present at the Annual APAP|NYC Awards Luncheon the same day
•New this year, each plenary will open with a “creative moment,” a brief performance or guided creative experience that provokes, inspires or otherwise sets the stage for the conversation that follows (e.g. spoken word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain before Friday’s opening plenary; and Heidi Latsky’s piece, “On Display,” with up to 50 dancers with disabilities strategically placed across the entrance area to the Saturday plenary session.
•Each year the popular, fast-moving pecha kucha-style plenary Saturday at noon features five ultra-creative artists that talk about their source of inspiration, their career arc, and their place in these challenging times.
APAP|NYC 2017 is a monumental gathering of performers, agents, presenters, producers and more, with great stories to tell and mesmerizing visuals everywhere you look.
Plenary and Featured Speaker Highlights:
•Taylor Mac whose recent work, “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music,” speaks directly to today’s headlines around equality, equity, civility and our fundamental human rights; his recent 24-hour marathon performance was featured in The New York Times, and he was recently reviewed by The Guardian.
•Camille A. Brown, dancer, choreographer, and founder of Camille A. Brown & Dancers, which is recognized for its introspective approach to cultural themes through visceral movement and socio-political dialogues.
•Maysoon Zayid, Arab-American comedienne, writer and tap dancer from New Jersey; at her TED Talk she said “I got 99 problems…palsy is just one”
•Paola Prestini, plays the German lieder and composed the new production of the opera “Gilgamesh”
•Jonah Bokaer, choreographer and media artist whose latest collaboration with Daniel Arsham and Pharrell Williams, “Rules of the Game,” is in the midst of a global tour.
•Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, dancer, teacher and choreographer of modern dance, and founder of Urban Bush Women dance company
•Jose Antonio Vargas, who started the platform called “Defining American,” and explores the question, “What does it mean to be American?” He is a Filipino immigrant who is gay, and thus has been through most of the identity battles
•Aaron Dworkin, dean, School of Music, Theater and Dance; University of Michigan
•Steven Tepper, dean, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts