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Limón Dance Company presents 2 World Premieres during 2-Week Season

Limón Dance Company presents 2 World Premieres during 2-Week Season


Limón Dance Company


The Joyce Theater
175 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011


Tuesday, April 19, 2022 - 12:00am daily through May 1, 2022



Limón Dance Company

Revisiting the Past and Reimagining the Future of José Limón’s Legacy

Founded in 1946 by José Limón and Doris Humphrey, the Limón Dance Company has been at the vanguard of American modern dance since its inception. The company continues to honor the legacy of its co-founders through the preservation and reconstruction of their work and gives audiences a glimpse into the future of the Limón Dance Company. Celebrating its 75th Anniversary Season at the Joyce Theater with two weeks of performances, the company will perform two programs including two world premieres, three Limòn works that have been reconstructed using archival media in a way that has never been seen before, as well as beloved modern dance classics. 

About the World Premieres:

Program 1, April 19-April 24
(25 minutes)
Choreography: Olivier Tarpaga
Music: Olivier Tarpaga and Tim Motzer
Live Music: Tim Motzer, Daniel Johnson, Saidou Sangare

The overlap between Only One Will Rise and the themes of Limón’s work creates a conversation that sheds light on what shapes an artist and impacts their creations. Tarpaga and Limón had similar upbringings and though continents and decades apart, Only One Will Rise reveals similarities in their expression of hope and inner strength. 

“Dance is deeper than a combination of movements. A strong dance work for me is a journey that hits the audience’s heart. My creative process is concentrated on the human condition. I start with personal questions that provoke personal gestures, which transform into movements, which become phrases that give life to a choreography.” — Olivier Tarpaga

A native of Burkina Faso, Olivier Tarpaga is the Artistic Director of Nomad Express International MultiArts Festival in Ouagadougou in West Africa. Mr. Tarpaga has choreographed a new dance and composed original music that reflects his experience of escaping political unrest in his country of birth and creating an artistic career in the United States --a story very much like that of José Limón. This work has been co-commissioned by The Jacob’s Pillow for their 90th Anniversary thanks to the Joan B. Hunter New Work Commission, with additional commissioning funds provided by the O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation.

April 26-May 1
(27 minutes)
Choreography: Raúl Tamez
Music: Los Cardencheros de Sapioriz, Cantos Tzotziles de San Pedro Chenalhó,
Juan Pablo Villa, Lila Downs, Felipe Esparza, and Los Cojolites

The first Mexican choreographer to create a work on the Company since José Limón. This work is a response to Limon’s, Tonantzintla (1951), which means place of our little mother. Limón was mesmerized by a Baroque Catholic church built up by Mexican indigenous people, where they were partially allowed by the Franciscan friars to portray some of their enormously rich cosmology. The result was a unique style of syncretic baroque never seen before. This new piece encourages voices that are often marginalized in terms of symbolic domination, colonization, and creolization. It is a tribute to the majesty of the prehispanic heritage in Mesoamérica.

“My piece will be inspired by topics such as migration, indigenous voices, symbolic domination, syncretism in México, and interculturality. I would like to encourage voices that are often marginalized within the context of México and the United States relationship. It is an honor and a great privilege to talk about these delicate topics onstage, a challenge that I want to assume with care and sensibility." — Raúl Tamez


Full Programs:

Program 1: April 19-24
Air for the G String
Only One Will Rise

Program 2: April 26-May 1
Waldstein Sonata
Danzas Mexicanas
Migrant Mother

Photo: Kelly Puleio

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