Letter from the Artistic Director
Colin Connor on his first six months at Limón:
My first six months with the Company and Foundation have been a whirlwind of rehearsals, reconstructions, tours, performances, and workshops. It has been a joy to work with these dancers. This year we welcomed three new dancers and two apprentices to the fold. Fresh, fiery, and curious, they have thrown themselves wholly into the work. Already, we have promoted one apprentice to full company member. The Company veterans, with their finely honed artistry, have eagerly embraced new challenges. Together, I find these dancers an irresistible force, combining fierce technical skill with palpable humanity.
This autumn, the Company added two contemporary additions to the repertory. Elegant, jagged, and charged, Kate Weare’s Night Light provides audiences with an unexpected view of the dancers’ sensuousness and emotional fire. My own Corvidae with its rawness, bite, and momentum, highlights the individuality of each dancer. These two pieces offer fascinating counterpoints to Limón’s 20th century works. I am finding the Limón classics uncannily attuned to our time. The Exiles, Limón’s telling of the expulsion from Eden, speaks of refugees everywhere. Concerto Grosso, choreographed by Limón in 1942, conjures a warmth and hopefulness we need in our age of doubt. I urge you to join us at The Joyce Theater during the first week of May 2017 to witness this incredible program. That same week, the Foundation will host its 70th Anniversary Gala at Tribeca Rooftop.
In January, the Company is making its battleship and musical theater debut aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, teaming up with Waterwell to revive the Blueprint Specials – choreographed by Limón – for the Under the Radar Festival. In February, the Company will perform A Choreographic Offering alongside select students from Brigham Young University in Utah before heading to Pennsylvania for a show at the Miller Center in Reading. And, in March, for the first time ever, the Company will perform in two places at once. While part of the Company dances at the Wallis Center in Los Angeles, a Pavane cast will perform at Kent State University where the Foundation will host its second summer workshop in July and August.
The Foundation’s partnership with Dance Theater of Harlem continues to flourish. DTH has licensed José Limón’s masterful solo Chaconne for their season in April at New York City Center. Gary Masters coached their dancers alongside ours, and DTH invited Limón dancers to perform with them at their gala. We continue to build a home for the Foundation in Harlem. This past July, we held our first weekend workshops at our DTH studio. Many talented dancers attended, encouraging us to open company class to local dancers. Working alongside the company members has allowed these students to flourish artistically. Of course, our open technique classes at Peridance Capezio Center continue to attract students from all over the world, as does our Professional Studies Program. The eighth season of Limón4Kids commences this January. We continue to train the next generation of Limón dancers.
I am grateful to be with Limón again. Everyone in our community believes in how Limón’s art illuminates, inspires, and unites. The social consciousness in this work is more than ever necessary. These six months with the Foundation have invigorated me to persist in our mission of delivering contagious and visceral dancing at every performance, connecting powerful dances of the past and the present. I am eagerly planning and looking forward to how we move into 2017 and beyond!