Limon Dance Company to Perform At The Joyce
Now in its 73rd year, the Limón Dance Company continues to garner fresh interest for its performances of both new works and American classics. The May 29-June 2 season at The Joyce Theater will feature two Limón classics: The Moor's Pavane andPsalm, along with The Weather in the Room by company Artistic Director Colin Connor; and Radical Beasts in the Forest of Possibilities by guest choreographer Francesca Harper, with an originial score composed and performed live by Nona Hendryx.
Limón's seminal work The Moor's Pavane, drawn from Shakespeare's Othello, has been in the repertories of major companies around the world, including American Ballet Theatre, Royal Danish Ballet, and the Paris Opera Ballet. The revered quartet was created in the form of a Pavane and other dances of the high Renaissance, and set to music by Henry Purcell. "Limón had a theatricality and a gift for stylistic invention. Just think of The Moor's Pavane and gasp," wrote Clive Barnes in Dance Magazine , 2007).
In 1965 Limón wrote that the artist's function was "to be the voice and conscience of his time." This belief was fully realized in his towering Psalm, (1967), remounted and set to a newly commissioned score by Jon Magnussen. Psalm takes as its point of departure the premise that according to ancient Jewish belief, all the sorrows of the world rest upon 36 men. In translating this into dance, the 36 men have been reduced to one, a striking figure of pure nobility.
Company Artistic Director Colin Connor will premiere his witty and atmospheric The Weather in the Room, featuring the powerful and mature guest artists Miki Orihara and Stephen Pier.
The digital world envelops the dancers in Radical Beasts in the Forest of Possibilitiesby guest choreographer Francesca Harper, created in collaboration with the iconic composer/performer Nona Hendryx, who will perform live.