Current Repertory

“When I have composed a new dance or finished a dance performance, I am ready to sit back and say, “I have done my work”.
José Limón

Carlota

Carlota (1972)

Choreography: José Limón
Music: danced in silence

Chaconne (1942)

Choreography: José Limón
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
The “chaconne” as a dance form originated in New Spain, now Mexico, as a robust and raucous dance. Bach employed the strict musical form of the “chaconne” but enriched it with powerful emotional implications. Limón tried to capture in his dance both the formal austerity and the profound feeling of the music.
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Come With Me (2012)
Inspired by the music Bombardino, Ladies in White, Dreams and Freedom Dance

Choreography: Rodrigo Pedernairas
Music: Paquito D’Rivera

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Dances for Isadora (1971)

Choreography: José Limón
Music:  Frédéric Chopin

Dialogues (1951)

Choreography: José Limón
Music: Normal Lloyd

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Mazurkas (1958)

Choreography:José Limón
Music:
Frédéric Chopin
A tribute to the heroic spirit of the Polish people, the work was created in 1958 for three men and four women. Mazurkas was restaged in 1985 for five women and four men, and consists of five solos, three duets, a men’s trio, a women’s quartet, and several group dances. It can be performed with the piano onstage.
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Missa Brevis (1958)

Choreography: José Limón
Music: Zoltán Kodály
Zoltán Kodály, the Hungarian composer, wrote Missa Brevis in Tempore Bellie at the end of World War II. A Mass in time of war, it was completed under great hardship during the siege of Budapest. Limón’s stirring choreography depicts an indomitable humanity rising up after near destruction. The piece is a memento to cities destroyed during World War II and to those unconquerable qualities in human beings that compel the spirit to rise in hope and to survive.
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Nocturnes for Ancestors (2014)

Choreography: Sean Curran
Music: Lucia Caruso and Pedro da Sila

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Orfeo (1972)

Choreography: José Limón
Music: Ludwig von Beethoven

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Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor (1938)

Choreography: Doris Humphrey

Psalm

Psalm (1967)

Choreography: José Limón
Music:
Original-Eugene Lester/New Score-John Magnussen
“…an evocation of the heroic power of the human spirit, triumphant over death itself…
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She Who Carries the Sky (2014)

Choreography: Dianne McIntyre

Moor’s Pavane, The (1949)

Choreography: José Limón
Music: Henry Purcell, arranged by Simon Sadoff
Cited by critics the world over as José Limón’s masterpiece, it captures the drama and passion of Shakespeare’s Othello in a timeless portrayal of love, jealousy, and betrayal.
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 Traitor, The (1954)

Choreography: José Limón
Music: Gunter Schuller (Symphony for Brasses)

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Unsung, The (1971)

Choreography: José Limón
Music: danced in silence

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Winged, The (1966)

Choreography: José Limón
Music: Hank Johnson (incidental music)

There is a Time (1956)

Choreography: José Limón
Music: Norman Dello Joio
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” Chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes.The entire work is, both choreographically and musically, a theme with variations. Limón used as his theme a large circle, which, at the opening of the work, fills the stage and moves majestically as if to evoke the interminable passage of time. This circle is seen repeatedly in many guises, rhythms and dramatic shapes, always making allusion to the text from Ecclesiastes and its evocation of human experience.
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