Hailed as one of the world’s greatest troupes, Limón Dance is the living legacy of dance theater developed by the legendary José Limón, whose innovative work revolutionized American movement. This performance will feature historical pieces representing the best works of the past 70 years.
A pre-performance talk will happen from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in the Dance Rehearsal room featuring former principal dancer with Limón Dance Company and local dance icon Daniel Lewis and Artistic Director of Limón Dance Colin Connor.
CONCERTO GROSSO (1945)
Choreography: José Limón
Music: Antonio Vivaldi
Choreography: José Limón
Music: Norman Lloyd, composed for the dance
Choreography: Colin Connor
Music: Phillip Glass
THE MOOR'S PAVANE (1949)
Choreography: José Limón
Music: Henry Purcell, arrangement by Simon Sadoff
NIGHT LIGHT (2014)
Choreography: Kate Weare
Music: A Song for Mick Kelly (from album: Victoire -Cathedral City); Passacaglia for unaccompanied
violin from Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber’s The Rosary Sonatas (From album by Andrew Manze and Richard Egarr)
ABOUT THE LIMÓN DANCE COMPANY
The Limón Dance Company (LDC) has been at the vanguard of dance since its inception in 1946, distinguishing itself as the first dance group to tour internationally under the auspices of the State Department and the first modern dance company to perform at Lincoln Center in New York, as well as performing twice at The White House. Thematically, founder José Limón possessed a social awareness that transcended distinct groups to address how we all search for commonality, earning him a special place in American culture. With their arresting visual clarity, theatricality, and rhythmic and musical life, his works continue to influence the evolution of the art form more than 40 years after his passing. The Company has developed a repertory of unparalleled breadth to complement the classics by its founders Humphrey and Limón. This oeuvre represents 44 choreographers and 45 new commissions/acquisitions by such luminaries as Lar Lubovitch, Doug Varone, Donald McKayle, Murray Louis, Susanne Linke, Meredith Monk, Jiří Kylián, and now Kate Weare.
The José Limón Dance Foundation, encompassing the Company and the educational and licensing Institute, was awarded a 2008 National Medalof the Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence.
Daniel Lewis, internationally-recognized dancer, teacher, choreographer and author, joined New World School of the Arts (NWSA) in Miami, Florida, in 1987, as founding Dean of Dance. Here, drawing from nearly three decades of experience in the field, Mr. Lewis created the dance division's eight-year professional program.
In addition to developing and managing NWSA's dance program, Mr. Lewis has heightened modern dance awareness in South Florida through Miami Dance Futures, a company he formed in 1988. Miami Dance Futures produced the highly successful Miami Balanchine Conference, the Dance History Scholars' Conference, the National High School Dance Festival and the Modern Dance Sampler. Miami Dance Futures also produces local dance companies, including Houlihan and Dancers and Rosita Segovia's Ballet Español.
Mr. Lewis is perhaps most widely known for his association with the work of Jose Limón. From 1962-74, he danced with the José Limón Dance Company, originating roles in A Choreographic Offering, Legend, Psalm, The Winged, Comedy and The Unsung. In 1975, Mr. Lewis completed the choreography of The Waldstein Sonata, an unfinished work begun by Limón just before his death.
As Mr. Limón's assistant for seven years, Mr. Lewis staged the works of Limón and Doris Humphrey for such companies as the Royal Swedish Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, the London School of Contemporary Dance, The Juilliard School, and the José Limón Company. In 1972 following the death of José Limón Mr. Lewis served as the Limón company's acting artistic director and in 1984 became founding director of the Limón Institute. Mr. Lewis's book, The Illustrated Dance Technique of José Limón (Harper & Row Publishers, 1984), has been translated in German, Spanish and Japanese. Princeton Book Company released a second addition in August of 1999. In addition the Technique Video or DVD, is available from Video D. He had two papers published, in Medical Problems of Performing Artists, in 1998 "Health Care for Dance Students at a Performing Arts Academy" and "Dancing with a Prosthesis". He was Issue Editor for Dance in Hispanic Cultures, Harwood Academic Publishers.
As a choreographer, Mr. Lewis has been commissioned to create works by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Dallas Civic Opera, American Opera Center at Lincoln Center, Amherst College, the University of California at Los Angeles, The Juilliard School, as well as companies in South America and England. His repertory company, Daniel Lewis Dance, has performed and taught extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Scandinavia.
From 1984-87, Mr. Lewis was Assistant to Martha Hill, the Director of the Dance Division, at The Juilliard School, where he had been a member of the dance faculty since 1967. Mr. Lewis was also an adjunct professor at New York University and a professor at Amherst College for six years while his company was in residence there.
Mr. Lewis has served on the Fulbright Screening Committee and as a dance panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. He has serves as a dance panelist and advisor to the Canada Council for the arts, a dance panelist for the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and a grants panelist for many grants for the Metro-Dade Cultural Affairs Council. He has served as Vice president, president and immediate past president for the National Association of School of Dance.
He is currently on the boards the Florida Dance Educators Organization, The Thomas Armor Youth Ballet, Arts for Learning and Miami Dance Futures.
Mr. Lewis graduated from New York's High School of Performing Arts in 1962 and The Juilliard School in 1967. In 1990, the National Society of Arts and Letters awarded Mr. Lewis the gold medal for Lifelong Achievement in Dance. In 2001 he received The Florida Arts Recognition Award recognizing his outstanding initiatives, leadership and excellence in supporting the arts in Florida. In 2002 he received two awards, he was Honorary Chairman for "dance4life", and received a Life time achievement award and was presented with the Nancy Smith Award, for consistently demonstrating outstanding leadership and excellence in dance in Florida at the Florida Dance Festival. In October of 2010 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Dance Educators Organization,. In February of 2011, Miami Dade County and the City of Miami declared February 5, 2011 as Daniel Lewis Day. On April 6, 2011, he received a proclamation from the floor of the Florida State Senate for his work in the arts in Florida by Senator Anitere Flores. On November 28th He receive the 2011 Martha Hill "Lifetime Achievement Award in New York City. On December 14, 2012 Mr. Lewis received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree From the University of Florida. Mr. Lewis received an Education Advancement Award fro the José Limón Foundation on April 29, 2013.
Student, senior, military, and Golden Ticket discount available. Contact Box Office for details.
The presentation of the 70th Anniversary Tour by LIMÓN DANCE COMPANY was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.