I recently started working with Elisa Monte Dance, a contemporary dance company founded in 1981 by Elisa Monte, who is a former dancer with Martha Graham, Lar Lubovitch, and Pilobolus. The company has a new blog and is getting ready for their January performances at The Joyce Theater, as well as a tour to Europe that begins next week! I’ll be contributing to their blog on a weekly basis and encourage you to check in often for photos, posts from the dancers, and more information about the repertoire being performed at The Joyce. My first post is about last week’s open rehearsal, which was hosted by the company’s Junior Board. You can read it below or on EMD’s blog. Enjoy!
EMD dancers Rachel Holmes, Maya Taylor, and India Bolds, photo by Roy Volkmann
Last Thursday, I attended my first company event. The Junior Board of Elisa Monte Dance hosted an open rehearsal for their friends in order to give everyone a sneak preview of the company’s upcoming performances at The Joyce Theater, January 21-25. About 40 people and I filled the spacious studio to watch excerpts from Zydeco, Zaré, which will have its New York premiere at The Joyce, and Volkmann Suite, which debuted in 1996. The event was a fabulous opportunity to see the dancers in action before they head to Europe next week for several performances. It also provided an opportunity for the junior board to further its mission: to broaden EMD’s audience by reaching out to a younger generation.
The dancers were energetic and looked thrilled to share their hard work in an informal setting. Volkmann Suite was filled with sensual images and inventive partnering, while Zydeco, Zaré depicted an upbeat gathering of people celebrating the sounds and movements of Zydeco. The showing was followed by cocktails and mingling with artistic director Elisa Monte and the dancers. Everyone was buzzing about the wonderful rehearsal and seemed eager to see the full performance at The Joyce in January. In fact, many of the attendees had never seen a contemporary company and knew little about dance. For them, getting an intimate, behind-the-scenes glimpse of EMD was a particularly unique opportunity. The open rehearsal was a festive, successful evening and a great preview for the company’s Joyce season – only 8 weeks to go!
Elisa Monte Dance will perform at The Joyce Theater January 21 to 25, with its opening night gala on the 21st, Humanities Night on the 22nd, and the Junior Gala on the 23rd. Tickets can be ordered online or by calling Joyce Charge at 212-242-0800.