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TGIF The Palm Beach Post MARCH 27, 1998 Page 25' " Dance troupe brings Cajun spice to Duncan When Elisa Monte looks for creative inspiration, the New York choreographer draws from anything and everything. It could be a trip to Cajun country. Or a series ELISA MONTE DANCE: At the Duncan Theatre, 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $18-$28. Phone: 439-8141. for April 1 1-13 at locations in Palm Beach and Boca Raton. This year's event features 12 pianists from eight countries, who will compete for a top prize of $5,000 and a New York recital. Each contestant performs a one-hour program of his or her choice before judges representing institutions from Boca Raton (Harid Conservatory) to Fort Worth (Cli-burn Piano Institute). The event is open to the public A) of photographs of her dancers. Her vision, in short, is eclectic But what else would you expect from a woman It's competition season again ... In late April, the Palm Beach Opera's 29th annual vocal competition takes over the Kravis Center. But first up is the 12th annual Palm Beach Invitational international piano competition, set programs, set for Feb. 19-21, Gamonet will premiere a pair of ballets, set to scores by Vivaldi and Daniel Auber. Rounding out the all-Gamonet bill will be presentations of his Aria and Carmen. The remaining programs will include the Kravis premiere of George Balanchine's Stars and Stripes (Jan. 15-17) and an all-jazz ' bill of Balanchine's Who Cares?, Gamonet's The Big Band SUPER-MEGATROII) and Paul Taylor's Company B (Nov. 13-15). Separate from the main season, the company will also brings back its Nutcracker (Dec. 3-6). Subscriptions for the 1998-99 Kravis season are $64-$220. Nutcracker tickets are $2().50-$57.50 .when ordered with a package. The remaining single tickets will not go on sale until the summer. Call 930-DANC (3262). and is split into four sessions: April 11 at the Palm Beach Hotel at 10 a.m. ($30); April 12 at the Flagler Museum at 6 p.m. ($50); and April 13 at the Boca Ratort Resort at 1 p.m. ($30 and 5:30 p.m. ($100). All sessions include meals and various social activities. A $36 membership to the Guild for International Piano Competitions, the sponsoring organization, is also suggested. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the Guild at P.O. Box 3094, Palm Beach, Fla. 33480-1294. Call 659-4651. All-Gamonet, all-jazz and more . . . Miami City Ballet's 1998-99 season at the Kravis Center will be highlighted by two new works by resident choreographer Jimmy Gamonet De Los Heros. On the third of the company's four Charles Passy Musicdance whose two major influences are the austere mod '-X-r.fA .rv Direct from his spectacular, sold out European concert tour! "The nev valtz king -TIME MAGAZINE ern-dance pioneer Martha Graham and the circuslike troupe Pilobolus? "I think both ultimately had a great respect for theater," says Monte, speaking by phone in advance of her company's Duncan Theatre performance this weekend. "Their techniques and sensibilities were quite different, but what they were working for was a statement for the audience." Monte is used to making such statements herself. She describes her style as "visceral," and the adjective is intended to stick regardless of the subject matter. But the subject matter varies greatly. On the Duncan program, Monte will offer Feu Follet, the work inspired by her tour of Louisiana a few years ago. "I realized there was a culture in the state that had a base of music and dance being a part of everyday life. I wanted to honor that," she says of the Cajun- 1KP JUL Li vl , 1.1 "With the "World Famous Johann Strauss Orchestra Photo by RAY VOLKMANN A FEU GOOD DANCERS: Elisa Monte Dance will perform the Ca- jun-inspired Feu Follet as part of its Duncan Theatre bill. " "fH the 7)alut Qieaehex t yg! 1 Serving our community since 1961 1.1 " , , ' -, r I r ; w v 1 Presents ITS AC RAND NIGHT FOR SINGING A salute to the American musical theater Featuring Lisa Vroman Star of the San Francisco Production of The Phantom of tbe Opera influenced piece, which is billed as a love story and history lesson rolled into one. She'll contrast that with a more abstract work, Volkmann Suite, which explores the relationship between static and moving images. The idea came to her after seeing some contact sheets from a photo session with her dancers. "I literally went back to the images and brought the proof to life." Monte is an established choreographer on the New York scene. After a 15-year career as a dancer she made her professional debut at age 1 1 with Agnes De Mille she started her troupe in 1981. She has since created more than 30 works, frequently collaborating with her husband, David Brown. The company has played in nearly 2(XJ venues worldwide and remains in high demand. So high, in fact, that they're going straight from Honda to Russia, where they're doing a three-week tour that will take them all the way to Siberia. It may seem like an odd journey, but Monte isn't surpried: Russian audiences, she say s, are often moie appreciative than American ones. "They're very curious and informed." she adds. "They actually love modern dance." Grimm w Ms Vfoman as Christine "Phantom of r Opera' April 4, 1998, 8 PM Eissey Campus Theater, PBCC Eissey Campus of Palm Beach Comm CoHege in PBG Call 625-2371 for Ticket Information Tickets now on sale at the Theater Vr&4 our Websde at brtp ."members ad convCborSocPB , iiiML-i Wiii ri 'urn ijunf iww"