Limón Dance Company brings 2 acclaimed works to Harlem audiences for the first time
City College Center for the arts and the josé limón dance foundation
limón dance company
An evening of dance that celebrates the legacy of José Limón and a generation
of emerging choreographers
Thursday October 24 at 7 PM
Aaron Davis Hall, 129 Convent Avenue (at West 135 Street)
(#1 train to 137 St., or M101 or M102 buses)
Tickets: $20 general admission; $10 for seniors/students/veterans
Reservations: 212.650.6900 or www.citycollegecenterforthearts.org
Box office open Tuesday-Friday, 12 noon to 6 pm
The enduring legacy of pioneering dancer-choreographer José Limón will be feted at Aaron Davis Hall as the Limón Dance Company brings two of his most acclaimed works to Harlem audiences for the first time on Tuesday, October 24. The program, presented by City College Center for the Arts (CCCA) and the José Limón Dance Foundation, will also present bold new works from three rising stars of the dance world. The evening's program also has the distinction of serving as the Company's first public performance in Harlem following their move to the Everett Center for the Performing Arts in the storied New York neighborhood two years ago.
A titan of modern dance, José Limón was recognized for both his visionary choreography and for helping audiences reimagine the role of male dancers through his visceral, powerful performances. Born in Mexico, Limón’s career in dance began after he moved to New York City where he studied under the tutelage of Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman. Founding the Limón Dance Company in 1946, he went on to establish himself as a trailblazer, introducing new techniques and choreographing pieces that have gone on to become standards of American dance.
Two of his most celebrated works will be performed:
The Moor’s Pavane (1949), a dance interpretation of William Shakespeare’s Othello, is Limon's most frequently performed work and has been performed by American Ballet Theatre, the Paris Opera Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, and other major international companies; and
the masterful A Choreographic Offering (1964), (excerpt), set to J.S. Bach's "A Musical Offering," and the choreographer's tribute to his mentor Doris Humphrey. The work is based on movements from her dances, and contains variations, paraphrases, and motifs from 14 Humphrey works. Both works will be performed by members of the Limón Dance Company.
As part of their mission to present classic pieces by José Limón and also provide a platform for emerging talent, the Limón Dance Company will also present bold new dance works by Adam Barruch, Rosie Herrera, and Yin Yue.
"The José Limón Dance Foundation is honored to call Harlem its home and thrilled to have the City College Center for the Arts as a partner in this important community endeavor for years to com," remarked executive director Juan Jose Escalante.
CCCA Managing Director Gregory Shanck remarked: "The rich history and choreographic masterpieces created by Jose Limon make him an American treasure and we are so delighted to partner with The Jose Limon Dance Foundation to make this special performance possible."
City College Center for the Arts can be followed on Twitter at @ccnyarts. The José Limón Dance Foundation can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @LimonDance. For more information on this program and other events at Aaron Davis Hall, please visit www.citycollegecenterforthearts.org.
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