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Experience the Legacy: Limón Dance Company

Experience the Legacy: Limón Dance Company


Limón Dance Company


The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
524 West 59th Street New York, NY 10019
New York, NY 10019


Friday, May 17, 2024 - 7:00pm



Limón Dance Company

Limón Dance Company (LDC), in collaboration with The City College Center for the Arts (CCCA), presents Experience the Legacy: Limón Dance Company on Friday, May 17, 2024 at 7pm at The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W. 59th Street, NYC. Tickets are $35 ($10 for students and seniors) and are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/limon-dance-company-tickets-859124242737?aff=oddtdtcreator.


Join Limón Dance Company and Limón2 for a celebration of José Limón's legacy through three of his greatest works: Missa Brevis, a poignant tribute to human resilience amidst the ruins of war, The Exiles, a virtuosic exploration of displacement and the universal journey toward the unknown, reflecting stories of immigrants and refugees with profound emotional depth, and a suite of There is a Time, Limón’s masterwork drawing from the timeless wisdom of Ecclesiastes, which captures the cyclical nature of human experience, emphasizing the power of community through expressive dance. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Dante Puleio, this performance promises to be a powerful expression of tenacity and humanity.


This exclusive event on May 17 showcases the enduring legacy of Limón’s message of empathy, hope, and perspective in an era of global conflict and division. In all three works, the themes of spirituality and being an “outsider looking in” emerge as a call to peace, perseverance, and acceptance. Witness the transformation from a historic company into a dynamic force of creative energy and secure your seats to be part of a movement that transcends time. The Limón Dance Company is not just a performance; it's a testament to the power of dance to connect, uplift, and inspire.


Statement from the company:

In light of current circumstances, with sensitivity and attention to protests on the City College campus, we have made the difficult decision to move the performance to The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College 524 W. 59th Street (between 10th & 11th Avenues), New York, NY. This shift reflects our commitment to ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all our audiences, artists, and collaborators. We are thankful to the staff of The Gerald W. Lynch Theater for so quickly accommodating this move and City College Center for the Arts for their commitment to safety and transparency. Ticket sales will continue to be processed by the City College Center for the Arts.

Limón Dancer Company: Natalie Clevenger, Joey Columbus, MJ Edwards, Mariah Gravelin, Johnson Guo, Kieran King, Deepa Liegel, Olivia Moize, Eric Parra, Nicholas Ruscica, Jessica Sgambelluri, Savannah Spratt, and Lauren Twomley.


Limón2: Mikey Comito, Danielle Goodman, Edu Hernández, Madeline Jones, Jasmine Presti, Mirai Shinde, Ryan Tucker, and Xinyi Zhang.




DANTE PULEIO (Artistic Director)

A widely respected former member of the Limón Dance Company for more than a decade, Dante Puleio is the sixth Artistic Director in the Company’s 78-year history, a position that originated with Doris Humphrey. After a diverse performing career with the Limón Dance Company, touring national and international musical theatre productions, television and film, he received his MFA from University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on contextualizing mid 20th century dance for the contemporary artist and audience. He is committed to implementing that research by celebrating José Limón's historical legacy and reimagining his intention and vision to reflect the rapidly shifting 21st century landscape. Li


JOSÉ LIMÓN (Founder/Choreographer, 1908-1972)

José Limón electrified the world with his dynamic masculine dancing and dramatic choreography. One of the 20th century’s most important and influential dance makers, he spent his career pioneering a new art form and fighting for its recognition. Born in Culiacán, Mexico in 1908, he moved to California in 1915, and in 1928 came to New York where he saw his first dance program. Limón enrolled in Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman’s dance school and performed in several of their works from 1930 to 1940. In 1946, with Doris Humphrey as Artistic Director, Limón formed his own company. Over the next 25 years, he established himself and his company as a major force of 20th century dance. Limón created a total of 74 works, including The Moor’s Pavane, Concerto Grosso, and Missa Brevis.



Founded in 1946 by José Limón and Doris Humphrey, the Limón Dance Company (LDC) has been at the vanguard of American Modern dance since its inception and is considered one of the world’s greatest dance companies. Choreographer and dancer José Limón is credited with creating one of the world’s most important and enduring dance legacies— an art form responsible for the creation, growth and support of modern dance in this country. Acclaimed for its dramatic expression, technical mastery and expansive, yet nuanced movement, the Limón Dance Company illustrates the timelessness of José Limón’s work and vision. The Company’s repertory, which includes classic works in addition to new commissions from contemporary choreographers, possesses an unparalleled breadth and creates unique experiences for audiences around the world. www.limon.nyc



In 2021, the Foundation launched Limón2 - our second company, dedicated to the development of young professionals for a sustainable career and lasting contributions to the dance world. Limón2 was born out of the Foundation’s pre-existing commitment to dance education as an extension of our pre-professional training program. Limón2 members receive intensive training focused on creating the dynamic and versatile dancer that the Limón repertory requires (being able to perform both classic and contemporary forms) while simultaneously learning Limón masterworks alongside newly-commissioned contemporary works and gaining valuable performance experience. During their tenure, the second company has the chance to experience the rehearsal processes of some of New York City’s finest choreographers; interact with the industry’s leading professional dance artists; and get to know potential future employers. Dancers learn the skills and repertoire needed of a LDC Dancer and work alongside the current LDC members in performance as well as community engagement opportunities such as Limón Outdoors and Limón4Kids.



John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York, an international leader in educating for justice, offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit www.jjay.cuny.edu.


Since opening its doors in 1988, the Gerald W. Lynch Theater has been an invaluable cultural resource. The Theater is a member of CUNY Stages, a consortium of 16 performing arts centers located on CUNY campuses across New York City and the CUNY Dance Initiative.


The Theater is home to the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival & White Light Festival, as well as the New Yorker Festival, Mannes Opera, the World Science Festival, and the revival of Mummunschanz. The Theater has hosted live and recorded events including David Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, Inside the Actor’s Studio, Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, Comedy Central Presents one-hour specials, the American Justice Summit, the NYC Mayoral Democratic Debates, and the launch of Jay-Z’s REFORM initiative. The Theater is home to premiere galas, conferences, international competitions, and graduations. For more information, and a schedule of events, please visit www.GeraldWLynchTheater.com.



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