By June Dunbar
Jose Limn is universally famous as the most very important sleek dancers of the 20 th century. His procedure remains to be taught at significant faculties and dance colleges; his dance corporation maintains to restore his works, plus offers new works. His most famed paintings, The Moor's Pavanne, has been provided around the globe via ballet and smooth dance companies. This ebook offers a sequence of essays approximately Limn's lifestyles and works via famous students and dancers who have been linked to Limn. It serves as an ideal creation to his choreography and legacy. The e-book may still attract enthusiasts of recent dance.
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After a· rather stern interview with Mrs. Having passedmuster with both these formidable people, I had a job for the summer and the following autumn. First came the American Dance Festival in New London, Connecticutand then the tour of Central and SouthAmerica, including two cities in Mexico. This was the beginningof an associationthat would spawnsomeof the happiestand most creativetimes of my life. I continued to managethe wardrobe for the next thirteen years. It was a time of testing. I was in the presenceof two true professionals,both old enoughto be my mother.
My mother, who had grown up in a hotel in Chicago,was satisfiedwith sleepingon a sofa bed in our living room. The Limons and I, however, neededspaceand beganto look for it out of New York. Following up a New York Times ad for a barn with twenty-five acres, we took the train to Flemington,New Jersey,on a cold Februaryday in 1948. It was love at first sight. The only problem was that Jose did not have the four thousand dollars to buy the barn. The realtor suggestedthat he talk to the owner, Mrs. Baldwin, who was eighty-six years old.
Today'sdancersand studentsare well versedin contactimprovisation and releasetechniques,approachesthat find inspiration in free vigorousmovements,including off balancemovementsand gliding on to and away from the floor. We've come a long way from the perfectly centereddancers,the Apollonian (which Josewas always talking about) to the Dionysian,that not only inspiredhim but which he also advocated in his teaching. 6 MY DANCE FAMILY Charles H. Woodford The door to the living room at the end of the long, dark hallway which connectedthe rooms of our apartment,was shut, but the groaningbass and tweedling treble coming from within meant that Josewas alone at his peddle-poweredorgan,immersedin Bach.
Jose Limon: An Artist Re-viewed by June Dunbar