For Immediate Release
Contact: Audrey Ross
LIMON DANCE COMPANY IN A FREE PERFORMANCE AT SUMMERSTAGE, FRIDAY AUGUST 4TH AT 8 PM
Central Park SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield (enter at 5th Avenue & 69th Street on the East Side, or 72nd Street & CPW on the West Side)
The LIMON DANCE COMPANY will appear Friday August 4th, 8 PM, on the SummerStage Series in a program of works by Jose Limon, Jiri Kylian, Donald McKayle and Carla Maxwell, highlighting the company's diverse repertory of modern master choreographers.
Evening Songs byJiri Kylian, set to Dvorak songs in praise of nature, is a beautiful reminder of the humanism Limon endorsed. "...conveying a world of courtesy...a consciousness of human dignity." (Allison Tracy, The Berkshire Eagle, 2006).
Etude is Artistic Director Carla Maxwell's offering in praise of the passionate kinetics of her Limon heritage. The solo will be performed by Kristen Foote, who has been named by Dance Magazine as one of the "25 to Watch."
Angelitos Negros, by Donald McKayle to a song sung by Roberta Flack, asks "Painter....even though the Virgin may be white, paint little black angels for me. For they too go to heaven." A tour-de-force for Roxane D'Orleans Juste in which she displays "the kind of very special stage presence that Jose Limon himself had." (Robert Gottlieb, The New York Observer)
The Moor's Pavane (Variations on the theme of Othello) by Jose Limon has been cited as one of the greatest modern classics of the 20th century. Set to a score by Henry Purcell, the work combines the elegant dance forms of the high Renaissance with the story of Othello. Here is portrayed the tragedy of Everyman when he is caught in the pattern of tragic living. The ballet is therefore timeless in its implications.
The program will be completed by a suite from the 1964 A Choreographic Offering by Jose Limon, created as a tribute to his mentor Doris Humphrey. The work is based on dance movements from fourteen Humphrey dances, and offers an exciting taste of the company's forthcoming anniversary season, where it will be presented in full. "Limon's Suite from A Choreographic Offering...remains fresh and absolutely vivid in what it communicates about musicality, composition and the flow of bodies on stage...more than remarkable." (Allison Tracy, The Berkshire Eagle, 2006)
Don't miss Limon's 60th Anniversary Season at The Joyce Theater, NYC, November 14-26, 2006!