Carla Maxwell, Artistic Director
For nearly 60 years, Limón Dance Company has championed the pioneering movement technique and philosophy of theater developed by Mexican-American choreographer José Limón and his mentors, Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman. Renowned for his powerful masculine dancing, Limón created amazingly athletic works that celebrate the grandeur of the human spirit and draw from a lush diversity of sources, including Shakespeare's Othello, Milton's Paradise Lost, Mexican fiestas, Native American culture, Greek mythology, ancient Judaism, and the music of Beethoven and Bach. Through the years, the company has also commissioned modern masterpieces from many other dance masters, among them Donald McKayle, Anna Sokolow, and Jiri Kylián.
Part of the Kennedy Center AmericArtes festival in 2003, the company was hailed by the Washington Post for its "superbly trained, highly expressive dancers and deeply felt works." Limón Dance Company returns for the 2005–2006 season with a mixed-repertory program that includes Jirí Kylian's Evening Songs, José Limón's Suite from a Choreographic Offering, and two world premieres: Lar Lubovitch's Recordare and company member Jonathan Riedel's The Ubiquitous Elephant, inspired by the writings and illustrations of Edward Gorey, a master of dark humor.
Evening Songs (Kylian/Dvorák)
The Ubiquitous Elephant (Riedel/various)
Suite from a Choreographic Offering (Limón/Bach)
PERFORMANCE PLUS™ free post-performance discussion
immediately following the Nov. 2 performance, free with your ticket.
--The New York Times
"Fervent, gripping dance"
--New York Newsday