Passing the Torch
What happens to a
examines the known and unknown consequences
dance company’s identity when its sole choreographer
steps down? Elisa Monte Dance’s 35th anniversary
at City College Center for the Arts, March 2–5, will
be both a tribute to Elisa Monte’s leadership and a
preview of what’s to come. She’ll premiere one final
work before handing the reins at season’s end to
current associate artistic director and former EMD
dancer Tiffany Rea-Fisher, who has also created a
piece for the program. Monte’s Pangaea studies issues
that impact the planet; Rea-Fisher’s Newton’s Cradle
of one’s actions. EMD will also take select works to
Lake Placid Center for the Arts for a residency, March
14–18, and a performance on the 18th.
NC TOUR A Canadian who lives in North
Helen Simoneau is using her newest
evening-length work, Caribou, to take a
closer look at heritage, assimilation and
identity. She studies these ideas through
the iconic caribou—an enormously
antlered animal beloved by our friends
to the north. It seems like a good match:
Simoneau’s work is both athletic and
smooth, much like those graceful beasts.
March 3–5, Hanesbrands Theatre,
Winston-Salem; March 6, Charlotte Ballet;
March 19, Charlotte Dance Festival.
Helen Simoneau Danse
Elisa Monte Dance
turns 35 this year.