DJB, here are my notes from an older thread of a performance in April 2002 at the Mexixan Heritage Plaza in San Jose:
Marie, thank you for your impressions. I saw "Psalm" Friday night in San Jose, as part of the "Dance Around the World" night put together by Gary Masters, AD of Limon Dance San Jose [See the <a href=../../../ubb/Forum5/HTML/001248.html target=_blank>Gary Masters (Limón) and Modern Dance in San Jose</a> thread]. According to Masters, Carla Maxwell had to use a different score because the original tape was damaged, the score is lost and the composer has died.
I was very moved by this piece, having not seen it before, especially by its references to suffering and heroism.
It was also a big night for Masters. Besides premiering a new work, "Falling Into Fertility/Women's Stories," on the University Dance Theatre of SJSU, where he and his partner Fred Matthews are on the dance faculty, he also set Jose Limon's "The Unsung" on a local amateur company, IndepenDance.
Although the dancing wasn't the cleanest for "The Unsung," this naturally rythmic work, danced almost entirely by women (it was originally choreographed for all men), was hypnotic and mesmerizing.
IndepenDance is actually the dance company affiliated with Independence High School in the South Bay. As I recall, there were five girls and one boy in the performance.
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