Elisa Monte Dance will remount and perform Feu Follet, a modern dance set to Cajun music, at City College Center for the Arts. Choreographers Elisa Monte and David Brown framed Feu Follet around the history and culture of the Acadian people in their travels from France to Canada to Louisiana. The title means “crazy fire,” referring to the strange marsh lights seen on the Louisiana bayous. In addition to the performance, which will feature Feu Follet and other repertory, Elisa Monte Dance will offer master classes to CCNY students and open rehearsals to the college community while on campus.
Elisa Monte Dance, founded in 1981, bridges cultural barriers through the universal language of dance. The company has performed in over 40 countries on 5 continents and appeared in major dance festivals including the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, The Spoleto Festival (U.S. and Italy), Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Steps ’98 Switzerland, and Weimar, Germany’s 1999 Cultural Capital activities. The company has been featured on television networks throughout Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean, and was highlighted on Metro Arts on PBS Channel 13 as part of the station’s Dance Month celebrating New York City-based choreographers.