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Elisa Monte Dance presents the World Premiere of “Emerged Nation” at 39th Anniversary Season

Elisa Monte Dance presents the World Premiere of “Emerged Nation” at 39th Anniversary Season


Elisa Monte Dance


The Flea Theater, 20 Thomas Street
New York, NY


Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 7:00pm daily through November 23, 2019
Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 3:00pm daily through November 23, 2019



Elisa Monte Dance

Elisa Monte Dance  - 39th Anniversary Season  

World Premiere of “Emerged Nation”  

November 21-24, 2019 at The Flea Theater

New York, NY– Elisa Monte Dance (EMD), a renowned modern dance company founded by former Martha Graham principal Elisa Monte and currently helmed by Artistic Director Tiffany Rea-Fisher, moves its 39thanniversary season with a return to The Flea Theater for its second engagement of 2019.  

For the company’s November 21-24, 2019 season, Rea-Fisher will present the world premiere of “Emerged Nation,” an evening-length work comprised of three movements that each possess a unique message and emotional arc examining a nation in transformation. Inspired by the shifts in America’s civil and social mores, the work delves into the complex emotional landscape created by immigration, cultural acclimation and diversity.  

This season, EMD has integrated the HP Reveal App as a part of the “Emerged Nation” experience. Audiences can download the app in advance. By scanning over parts of the printed program, one can view short videos about the sculpture “Tilted Arc,” the immigration process, the rehearsal process, and different streets in New York City. The company hopes that this will lend further insight into the creative process and inspiration for this work.  

In the first movement, EMD will reprise Rea-Fisher’s repertory work, Tilted Arc. This piece was commissioned by New York City’s Department of Transportation as part of their 2017 Summer Streets event and references the provocative sculpture of the same name by Richard Serra. Noted as the most notorious public sculpture controversy in the history of art law, the work was removed from New York City’s Foley Square in 1989 because of its “obstruction” to the pathway. Rea-Fisher’s choreography dives into the heart of Serra’s provoking work, as 8 dancers trace the location of the once celebrated sculpture and investigate the obstruction of pathways such as immigration, separation and longing.  

In the second movement, Rea-Fisher has choreographed a new work, Emerged Nation that delves into the assimilation and uniqueness of Black/Native-American culture in America. A visceral and euphoric work set to a modern soundscape of house, tribal and electronic music, Emerged Nation interprets the role these cultures plays in our contemporary lives.  

In the final movement titled Kinetic Kinship, the work expands and evolves to revel in the diversity found in the world’s melting pot of culture, New York City. The piece traverses the sights and sounds of NYC neighborhoods, exposing each area’s unique cultural fabric while uncovering the common thread that brings us all together.     

On Saturday, November 23rd join Rea-Fisher, the musical composers and others for a talk-back after the show to learn more about the inspiration and behind the scenes work for this season.  

“Moving into Elisa Monte Dance’s 39th season, I wanted to reprise and expand on my seminal work, Tilted Arc into an evening length work. When I revisited this repertory piece, I felt that it left questions that needed to be answered about mine and so many other's struggle to find a cultural place in America. This work takes the audience on my journey of self-exploration” said Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Artistic Director of Elisa Monte Dance.

Tickets range from $10 to $25 and can be purchased online at www.TheFlea.org. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 212-352-3101. The Flea Theater is located at 20 Thomas Street, New York, NY 10007.  

For the most up-to-date schedule for all Elisa Monte Dance programming, follow via the below links and visit www.elisamontedance.org.  


Photo: Tilted Arc by Tony Turner

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