Creative Director Tiffany Rea-Fisher ignites the Force in everything she touches. From choreographing for her company Elisa Monte Dance and for Classical Theater of Harlem to curating New York City’s Bryant Park Dance Festival to creating a new work in 2020 for Dance Theater of Harlem, Tiffany is the Force that has Socially Sparked® our lives. And, from the looks of it, this Creative Force will continue to do so well into the new decade.
ABOUT TIFFANY REA-FISHER
As Artistic Director of the renowned modern dance company, Elisa Monte Dance (EMD), Rea-Fisher has taken the helms with a powerful ‘Creative Force’. EMD was founded in 1981 by former Martha Graham principal Elisa Monte to bridge cultural barriers through dance. Ms. Monte retired in 2016 and former principal EMD dancer Tiffany Rea-Fisher was appointed the company’s new Artistic Director. She previously held the role of Associate Artistic Director since 2010.
The company exemplifies diversity for a modern dance company in America featuring a cast of multi-national dancers. Under Rea-Fisher’s direction the company has expanded its scope and vision to become a truly 21st Century organization; flourishing, growing, and expanding its network and reach outside of the traditional modern dance sphere. EMD’s new leadership has shown that modern dance can be accessible and relatable to people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds.
BREAKING BARRIERS – A NATION IN TRANSFORMATION
For EMD’s 39th anniversary season, Rea-Fisher and EMD made a return to NYC’s The Flea Theater for its second engagement of 2019 (Nov. 21-24).
The Emerged Nation Experience
The company presented an evening-length work comprised of three movements that each possess a unique message and emotional arc examining a nation in transformation. The work was inspired by the shifts in America’s civil and social mores, digging deep into the complex emotional landscape created by immigration, cultural acclimation and diversity.
“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….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.” — Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Artistic Director of Elisa Monte Dance.
The second movement presented a new choreographed work by ‘The Force’ – a world premiere of Emerged Nation which delved 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.
INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY INTO CREATIVITY
This past season, EMD integrated the HP Reveal App as a part of the Emerged Nation experience. Audiences were able to 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.
The new decade brings us more creative genius from Tiffany Rea-Fisher as she continues to ignite The Force for Dance. Guaranteed to be Socially Sparked in 2020, watch for new endeavors. These include:
–Creating a full evening-length work for Harlem Stage as part of their Harlem Renaissance Centennial Celebration. The work will be inspired by 1920’s playwrights Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Mary Powell Burrill and Angelina Weld Grimké and will premiere April 30-May 2nd, 2020
–Curating the Bryant Park Dance festival which will run mid-June-mid-July every Friday from 6-8pm
–Choreographing the Classical Theater of Harlem summer show at Marcus Garvey Park for July 2020
–Winter 2020 we can look forward to the premiere of a new work by her for Dance Theatre of Harlem based off the life of Hazel Scott.
And, we can not wait to see what she has in store for EMD’s 40th Anniversary Season! May The Tiffany Rea-Fisher Force Be With You. – Abbe is Socially Sparked and this is a Socially Sparked Moment. Tweet @sosparkednews, @sociallysparked & @asparks01