Led by Artistic Director Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Elisa Monte Dance shows the celebrated works of choreographer and dancer Elisa Monte while representing a universal new vision for modern dance. With daring, athletic, and passionate movement rooted in classical foundations, Elisa Monte Dance aims to bridge cultural barriers through the art of dance. In this new era, under Rea-Fisher`s direction, the company takes on an edgier image, placing an emphasis on collaborating with distinguished artists across a variety of disciplines while showcasing newly-choreographed works that are relevant to and observant of current global issues and ideas.
Elisa Monte Dance is recommitted to doing extended international tours. International dance touring is part of the lineage of Elisa Monte Dance: they have been recognized for their extensive reach throughout Europe and the Americas and plans to expand into the Asian market are currently underway.
TIFFANY REA-FISHER (Artistic Director, Elisa Monte Dance) subscribes to the servant leadership model and uses disruption through inclusion as a way to influence her company`s culture.
In the spring of 2018 Tiffany was award a citation from the City of New York for her cultural contributions. In the summer of 2018 Tiffany was asked to join the Bessies Selection Committee. Tiffany is in her fifteenth year with the NYC-based internationally acclaimed dance company Elisa Monte Dance (EMD) and is in her fourth season as Artistic Director, a position she has held since 2016. Tiffany joined EMD in 2004 where she was principal dancer until 2010.
She was named Dance Magazine`s On the Rise person for their 2007 August issue based on her 2006 performance at the Joyce Theater. As a choreographer Tiffany has had the pleasure of creating numerous pieces for the company as well as being commissioned by Dance Theater of Harlem, Dallas Black Dance Theater, NYC'S Department of Transportation, Utah Repertory Theater, The National Gallery of Art in D.C. and having her work performed for the Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg.
Recently Tiffany`s works have been seen on the Joyce stage as well the Apollo, Joe`s Pub, Aaron Davis Hall and New York Live Arts in New York City. Her latest commission for the Dance Theatre of Harlem will premiere at the Kennedy Center in the winter of 2020/21. Tiffany`s work extends well beyond the stage creating work for the film, fashion, theater, the music industry and museums. As well as being EMD`s Artistic Director Tiffany is also the Co-Founder of Inception to Exhibition and the Dance Curator for the Bryant Park Dance Summer Series.
In 2018 Tiffany added another directorship to her title becoming the Director for the Lake Placid School of Dance in Lake Placid, New York. Tiffany`s professional affiliations include being the Vice President of the Stonewall Community Development Corporation, an Advisory Board member of Dance/NYC and a proud member of Women of Color of the Arts. Tiffany has recently completed the National Art Strategies: Chief Executive Program as well as the APAP Leadership Fellows Program.
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EMD Does Brubeck `EMD Does Brubeck` is a choreographic exploration in true musical embodiment. Dance pieces set to the music you know and love will have you dancing in your seats. Energetic, crowd pleasing evening length piece set to live music featuring Chris Brubeck`s Band Triple Play.
Things Past `Things Past` exposes the human behind the performer, accentuating a particular artist’s eccentricities and oddities while creating space for the audience to insert themselves into the work and take ownership of their own interpretation.
Feu Follet The New York Times called "Feu Follet" an "imaginative and loving look at he history and culture of the Cajun people". From variations on hot community jigs to more elaborate character-driven dance that is fluid and passionate, "Feu Follet" traces the 300-year history of the Acadian people.
Music of New York (working title) available March 2020`The Music of New York` is a celebration of all of the native and immigrant populations that brought their traditions to this city which is a melting pot of nations.
H.E.R. available May 2020`H.E.R.` was commissioned by Harlem Stage as part of their Harlem Renaissance Centennial celebration. This work was inspired by the work of three Black female playwrights Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Mary Powell Burrill and Angelina Grimke. All three were colleagues and early practitioners of a queer black feminist theater aesthetic at the turn of the 20th century.
EMD Classics (repertory)`EMD Classics` is a repertory program comprised of a selection of classic works of the company dating back to 1979.
EMD Now (repertory) EMD Now is a repertory program composed of works created by Tiffany Rea-Fisher bringing the EMD aesthetic into the 21st Century.
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