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Gary Masters


Gary Masters (Founder, CEO, Co-Artistic Director, Choreographer), is the 2012 – 13 recipient of the Isadora Duncan Award for Restaging/ Reconstruction of José Limón’s The Moor’s Pavane and the 2007-8 Isadora Duncan Awardee for ‘Sustained Achievement’. He is founder and Co-Artistic Director of sjDANCEco and Profes- sor Emeritus of Dance at San José State. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he has been associated with the Limón Dance Company/Foundation as Dancer, Artistic Associate, Reconstructor, Director of the Limón West Dance Project and the Limón Dance Company’s San José Operations since 1969. He has been hailed by Dance Magazine as “ of the most gifted performers in contemporary dance...” and his choreography as a “ with symbolism that may be seen as something deeply spiritual, a kind of seeking into the unknown...”  Besides choreography for sjDANCEco, he has created work for the Limón Dance Company/NY, Limón West Dance Project/San José, Diablo Ballet/Walnut Creek, Nashville Ballet, Dance Kaleidoscope/Indianapolis, Path Dance Company/Baltimore and forthe Cabrillo Music Festival and Opera San José. For more than a decade together with Fred Mathews, he directed the Mathews-Masters Dance Company/New York that toured the US, Canada and abroad. Other awards have included Arts Council Silicon Valley’s 2005 Artist Fellow- ship for Choreography and two National Endowment Choreography Fellowships.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/29/2019: sjDANCEco & Gabriel Mata/Movements

sjDANCEco’s performance demonstrates the power and poetry of dance through José Limón’s “The Exiles,” inspired by the exodus during and following WWII, to Maria Basile’s  “The Upward Spiral,” new work by Gabriel Mata that merges dance and physical theater, and a group collaborative that explores the multi-generational experiences of its cast.

Presented as part of DIRECT CURRENT

Gary Masters