“Martha offered me the opportunity to create in 1979 when I was a dancer in her company and the result was Treading. It went on to be performed for decades in Alvin Ailey’s repertoire, as well as my own company’s. Now, after a 40-year span, I joyfully return to close the circle of a creative path. Treading was a labor of love, and I offer it back in admiration of Martha’s genius. She challenged all those she admired, and I welcomed her challenge and am grateful for it. It propelled me to who and what I am.”

– Elisa Monte