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Limón Dance Company Presents Jose Limón’s ‘Mazurkas’ – First Company Revival in 20 Years….

January 10, 2013
"The Moor's Pavane" with Carla Maxwell as the Friend's Wife

“The Moor’s Pavane” with Carla Maxwell as the Friend’s Wife

The Jose Limón Dance Company is reviving Jose Limón’s Mazurkas with live music by the Venezuelan pianist Vanessa Perez. Mazurkas, created to music by Chopin for an ensemble of seven dancers and was premiered August 15, 1958 at the American Dance Festival. Limón created this work as a tribute to the heroic spirit of the Polish people – the original title, in fact, was “DANCES (in honor or Poznan, Wroclaw, Katowice and Warszawa”).

Kristen Foote in "Come With Me." photo by Rosalie O'Connor

Kristen Foote in “Come With Me.” photo by Rosalie O’Connor

Also on the program is Limón’s 1949 masterpiece The Moor’s Pavane, subtitled Variations on the theme of Othello. Set in the form of a pavane and other dances of the high Renaissance, The Moor’s Pavane is a 20-minute ballet based upon William Shakespeare’s Othello and set to arranged music by Simon Sadoff from Henry Purcell’s Adbelazer, The Gordion Knot Untied, and the pavane from Pavane and Chaconne for Strings.] The ballet’s four dancers represent The Moor, Desdemona, Iago and Emilia. The work premiered at the American Dance Festival in 1949. American Ballet Theatre was the first company outside Limon’s company to include the work in its repertory. Among other great dancers to perform the role of The Moor was Rudolf Nureyev.

"Come With Me" (Logan Kruger in front) Photo by Rosalie O'Connor

“Come With Me” (Logan Kruger in front) Photo by Rosalie O’Connor

The evening will also include Come with MeCome with Me was commissioned for the company’s 65th Anniversary celebration and choreographed by Brazil’s Rodrigo Pederneiras, director of Grupo Corpo, with music by renowned Cuban musician/composer Paquito D’Rivera.

Tuesday & Wednesday, January 15 & 16 at 8 PM

Baruch Performing Arts Center

 55 Lexington Ave.

(entrance on 25th Street)

Tickets: $20

Reservations: or 212.777.3353 ext. 16


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