Jennifer Monson


Flight of Mind

Contemporary dance meets environmental activism.
The beating of wings. Trees swaying in the breeze. A dancerís arms akimbo. Award-winning New York-based choreographer Jennifer Monson returns to Miami with her newest meditation on birds, migration, navigation and the natural and the built environments. Flight of Mind builds its own ecosystem with energetic dance states, hundreds of live plants and sound generated from the building itself. Her four-person troupe begins the evening with an environmental walk down Lincoln Road. The dancers then lead the audience into a plant-strewn and transformed Colony Theater. Prior to the performance a printed guide directs the audience through multiple levels of the building on a journey guided by individual sensorial experience. Here in Florida, where the conflict between landscape as paradise and unbridled urban sprawl plays out in the daily headlines, Monsonís insistence that our own human bodies and daily lives are intimately connected to the animals and plants around us could not be more relevant. Her projects have been awarded grants from the National Dance Project, Creative Capital, Rockefeller Foundation MAP, New York Foundation on the Arts, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Altria Inc., among others. Monson received a Guggenheim grant in 2004.

"Monson joins the emotional and visceral experience of intimacy with a choreographic language of pure physicality."

This presentation of Flight of Mind is one of a series of programs designed b the National Performance Network (NPN). NPN is an independent organization begun by Dance Theater Workshop and is comprised of arts organizations in 42 cities and 27 states. NPN is made possible through major funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).

Partners and support for Tigertail include: Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation, Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, BankAtlantic Foundation, Books & Books, Centro Cultural Brasil-USA, City of Coral Gables, City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program Cultural Arts Council, Consulate General of Brazil, Dade Community Foundation, Embraer, E.S. Moore Family Foundation, Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Funding Arts Network, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, Joseph H. and Florence A. Roblee Foundation, Miami-Dade County Dept. of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, Miami-Dade Public Library, Miami-Dade Public Schools, Miami River Inn, National Endowment for the Arts, National Performance Network, NCCC, Publix Super Markets Charities, SAF, TAM Brazilian Airlines, Vortex Communications, WDNA.

March 25, 2006
8:30 pm

7:00 to 8:00 pm Lincoln Road Environmental Walk

$25 General Admission

$20 Tigertail Members, Seniors & Students

$50 Patron, Reserved Seating

Group Tickets Available

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Colony Theater
1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL

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