Dance at the Music Center Presents Jose Limon Dance Company at the Ahmanson
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The last date listed for Jose Limon Dance Company was Sunday March 26, 2006 / 2:00pm.
Quotes & Highlights
“The quality of dancing [is] terrifically high…the dancers’ effortlessness, their mastery of tone and manner, and their uncommon athletic skill were thrillingly consistent.”_ -Washington Post_
“The Limon Dance Company remains a force in modern dance.” _-Seattle Times_
“As always with Limon’s group pieces, the use of stage space and blocks of dancers—indeed, the whole sense of dance architecture—was a stunning achievement.” —L.A. Times
For 25 years, as Director and Co-founder of the Company with Doris Humphrey, Jose Limon honed his technique and choreography. He is the creator of such landmark works as The Moor’s Pavane, Missa Brevis, and There is a Time. Limon’s company has achieved international acclaim through tours and festival appearances that have taken the dancers around the globe: in 1950, they were the first American modern dance company to perform in Europe.In 1967 and 1996, the Company performed at The White House. Today the dancers are led by Carla Maxwell, who worked closely with Limon before taking over as Artistic Director in 1978. The Company’s repertory is a treasure house of choreography: with jewels of works by past and present masters including Donald McKayle, Antony Tudor, Jiri Kylian, Garth Fagan, Ralph Lemon, and Doug Varone. The Limon technique is based upon the movement style and philosophy of theater developed by modern dance pioneers, Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman. In the early 1930’s, both Weidman and Humphrey developed a dance vocabulary that worked in opposition to the strict rules of classical ballet. Their intention was twofold: to demonstrate human emotions in a less stylized manner than ballet; and to incorporate in their work the natural movement patterns of the body and its relation to gravity. Limon further developed their ideas for his own work and technique. The Limon technique is divided among various physical extremes: fall and recovery, rebound, weight, suspension, succession, and isolation. These ideas can be illustrated in the way a dancer uses the floor as a place from which to rise, return to and then rise from again. The way a dancer explores the range of movement between one extreme of freedom from gravity and the other of falling into it; for example, the movement of suspension just as the body is at the top of a leap, and the moment the body had fallen completely back to earth. There are many words and ideas that are immediately associated with the Limon technique, i.e. its humanism, its use of breath, musicality, lyricism, and its dramatic qualities; however, the overwhelming consensus is that through the movement is always demonstrated some physical expression of the human spirit.