TREADING is the Elisa Monte’s signature work.  Martha Graham commissioned this landmark duet, which includes music by Steve Reich.  The work was first performed in 1979 to critical and audience acclaim while Monte was still a principal dancer with Graham’s company.  In 1980, Alvin Ailey invited Monte to set Treading on his company.  Described as “hypnotic” and “mesmerizing”, Treading has since been a mainstay in the Ailey Company, as well as Elisa Monte Dance.


Choreography by: Elisa Monte

Music by: Steve Reich

Costumes by: Marisol

Lighting by: Tina Charney

Premiered: 1979