Elisa Monte, Molissa Fenley, Margo Sappington and Jennifer Muller

Elisa Monte, Molissa Fenley, Margo Sappington and Jennifer Muller



EMD, founded in 1981, bridges cultural barriers through the universal language of dance. The work of Elisa Monte, a former principal dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company, Lar Lubovitch, and Pilobolus, is widely recognized for its highly athletic and sensual style, as well as its technical and physical acuity, exploring a multitude of topics and themes. The company has performed in over 40 countries on 5 continents. Elisa Monte Dance has also appeared in several major dance festivals among them, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, The Spoleto Festival both in the US and Umbria, Italy, Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors to Steps ’98 Switzerland, and participated in Weimar, Germany’s 1999 Cultural Capital activities. Elisa Monte Dance has been featured on television networks through Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean, and the company was highlighted on Metro Arts on PBS Channel 13 as part of the station’s Dance Month celebrating accomplished New York City-based choreographers.


Margo Sappington, international choreographer/director, a Texan, began her professional career dancing with the Joffrey Ballet in New York at the age of 17, her choreographic career at age 21 with “Oh! Calcutta!” in which she also performed in New York, Los Angeles, London and on film. She has created works for ballet, opera and theater companies throughout the USA and Canada, South America, Europe, China and Kazakhstan. From 1995-99 she shared artistic direction of Ballet: The Daring Project with ballerina Valentina Kozlova. The company of 10 dancers presented her works across the U.S. and Europe plus 3 seasons at the Joyce Theater in New York City. Margo is known as an innovator of the use of popular music in ballet, working with collaborators Michael Kamen, Prince, William Shatner and Indigo Girls. She has received Tony and Drama Desk nominations for her work on Broadway and received the 2016 Heart and Soul Award from Career Transitions for Dancers.


Molissa Fenley and Company, founded in 1977, has performed throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Molissa’s work has been commissioned by the American Dance Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Dia Art Foundation, Jacob’s Pillow, the Joyce Theater, the Kitchen, Lincoln Center, the New National Theater of Tokyo and DTW/New York Live Arts. Molissa is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, the Guggenheim, the Bogliasco Foundation, Yaddo, Djerassi, the Atlantic Center of the Arts and the Asian Cultural Council. Rhythm Field: The Dance of Molissa Fenley published by Seagull Press in 2015. Christiana Axelsen, (MF and Company 2013) assists Molissa in reconstructing major repertory works and has served as a rehearsal director for Molissa’s work on Oakland Ballet, Repertory Dance Theater and Barnard/Columbia. Rebecca Chaleff (MF and Company 2012) is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University.


JMTW celebrates 41 years of presenting Muller’s visionary approach to dance theater, incorporating the spoken word, live and commissioned music, media and unusual production elements to create multi-discipline productions that illuminate the human spirit. JMTW has electrified world audiences in 39 countries on four continents, circumnavigating the globe from Buenos Aires to Toronto, Hong Kong to Moscow with recent appearances in Brazil, Beijing, Bangkok and Bolivia. Performances in 30 states and at 26 NYC Seasons include venues such as Lincoln and Kennedy Centers, The Joyce, City Center and David H. Koch Theaters; Bryant, Battery and Central Park Festivals and the United Nations, among others. Muller has created over 115 pieces, working with 30 international dance, theater and opera companies. Her prolific career has led to honors: Forteleza’s Trophy of Cultural Responsibility, an American Masterpieces: Artistic Genius Grant and the publications: Tanz-Plan Berlin’s Tanztechcik 2010 and Transformation & Continuance: Jennifer Muller and the Reshaping of American Modern Dance, 1959 to Present.