We honor the 2021 celebration of Black History Month by highlighting and sharing the choreography of four Black artists that were commissioned under RDT’s Manifest Diversity Initiative.
First up is Tiffany Rea-Fisher, the Artistic Director of Elisa Monte Dance in New York City.
We first worked with Rea-Fisher during our 50th anniversary season when she came to reset Elisa Monte’s Pigs and Fishes. We were thrilled to invite her back to set her own work on us during our 54th, MANIFEST DIVERSITY season.
She was tasked with creating a work for the four women on the Company – Jaclyn Brown, Lauren Curley, Elle Johansen, and Ursula Perry.
You can learn more about her and the incredible work she is doing both on and off the stage at elisamontedance.org.
View full videos for educational purposes HERE.
Tiffany Rea-Fisher (Artistic Director, Elisa Monte Dance) subscribes to the servant leadership model and uses disruption through inclusion as a way to influence her company’s culture. In the spring of 2018 Tiffany was award a citation from the City of New York for her cultural contributions. In the summer of 2018, Tiffany was asked to join the Bessies Selection Committee. Tiffany is in her fifteenth year with the NYC-based internationally acclaimed dance company Elisa Monte Dance (EMD) and is in her fourth season as Artistic Director. Tiffany joined EMD in 2004 where she was a principal dancer until 2010. She was named Dance Magazine’s On the Rise person for their 2007 August issue based on her 2006 performance at the Joyce Theater. As a choreographer, Tiffany has had the pleasure of creating numerous pieces for the company as well as being commissioned by Dance Theater of Harlem, Dallas Black Dance Theater, NYC’S Department of Transportation, Utah Repertory Theater, The National Gallery of Art in D.C., and having her work performed for the Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg. Recently Tiffany’s works have been seen on the Joyce stage as well as the Apollo, Joe’s Pub, Aaron Davis Hall, and New York Live Arts in New York City. Tiffany’s work extends well beyond the stage creating work for the film, fashion, theater, the music industry, and museums. As well as being EMD’s Artistic Director Tiffany is also the Co-Founder of Inception to Exhibition and the Dance Curator for the Bryant Park Dance Summer Series. In 2018 Tiffany added another directorship to her title becoming the Director for the Lake Placid School of Dance in Lake Placid, New York. Tiffany’s professional affiliations include being the Vice President of the Stonewall Community Development Corporation, an Advisory Board member of Dance/NYC, and a proud member of Women of Color of the Arts. Tiffany has recently completed the National Art Strategies: Chief Executive Program as well as the APAP Leadership Fellows Program.
Repertory Dance Theatre believes that all peoples, their cultures, and their art contribute to the meaning and understanding of our humanity and should be honored and celebrated.
RDT firmly stands against racism in all forms. We, as a Company, denounce racism, bigotry, and intolerance in our state and across the nation. We are committed to learning, growing, and listening as we work toward a more equitable world for all.