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Elisa Monte Company dances into Lake Placid with outreach programs

LAKE PLACID The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the return of Elisa Monte Dance for a three-week residency Sept. 17 through Oct. 4. There will be a public performance on Friday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors.

The Company will host several outreach programs while in Lake Placid. Area dancers are encouraged to watch and/or participate in open rehearsals held free of charge. There will be two free sneak-a-peak rehearsals in the LPCA theatre. The public is invited to glimpse these free working rehearsals. Two For Schools Only programs are scheduled for Monday, Sept. 24 and Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m., tickets are $2 per student and must be reserved. For more information on this residency program, including class times and participation information, please contact the LPCA at 523-2512.

Elisa Monte Dance was founded in 1981 on the conviction of bridging cultural barriers through the universal language of dance. From its earliest recognition on the world stage as "best company" at the International Dance Festival of Paris in 1982 to its tremendously successful touring to over 35 nations worldwide, Elisa Monte Dance has lived that conviction for over two decades.

The company has created, educated and performed the works of Elisa Monte and cofounder David Brown to great success across Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and the United States. It has appeared in several major dance festivals, including the Next Wave; Jacob's Pillow; Lincoln Center Out of Doors; Steps '98 Switzerland and; Weimar 1999 cultural capital activities. Elisa Monte Dance has been featured on television networks throughout Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.

The work, created by Elisa Monte (formerly principal with Martha Graham Dance Company, Pilobolous and others) and David Brown, is widely recognized for its highly athletic and sensual style as well as it's technical and physical acuity and explores a multitude of topics and themes. The company celebrates diversity through the work, its artists and its staff. Its dancers hail from all corners of the globe, including the Bahamas, the United States, Cuba, Guadalupe and South Africa. Monte often collaborates with artists in other disciplines, examples being: "Feu Follet" with composer Richard Peaslee; "New York Moonglow" with composer Barbara Kolb and; "The World Upside Down" with sets by renowned architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien and score by Glenn Branca.

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