Renowned Limón Dance Company offers master class, free performance

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The Limón Dance Company, one of the world’s most prominent modern troupes, comes to Union Oct. 20-21 as part of the Theater and Dance Department’s annual Stephanie C. Davis Dance Residency.

The troupe will lead a master class for dance students Thursday, Oct. 20, 6-7:30 p.m., in the Henle Dance Pavilion.

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It will give a public performance at the Egg theater, Empire State Plaza Center for the Performing Arts, Albany, on Friday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m. There will be a post-performance Q&A session with the company at 9 p.m.

“The work of José Limón has deeply impacted generations of audiences and dancers alike. I am thrilled that our students will be able to work with the guest artists and see the company perform live at the theater," said Megan Flynn, the Gustave L. Davis ’59 and Susan S. Davis Director of Dance. “We are so excited about this dance residency, which has been a staple of our curriculum for more than a decade.”

A limited number of tickets to the Egg performance are available for free through Oct. 20 for Union faculty, students and staff with a Union ID. Free round-trip bus transportation from campus will be provided.

Since its founding in 1946 by José Limón and Doris Humphrey, the New York City-based Limón Dance Company has been at the vanguard of American modern dance. A dancer and choreographer from Mexico, Limón developed what is known as “Limón technique,” which emphasizes the natural rhythms of fall and recovery, a conscious use of breath, and the interplay between weight and weightlessness.

Now under the artistic direction of Dante Puleio, the company is acclaimed for its dramatic expression, technical mastery, and expansive yet nuanced movement in classic works and new commissions from contemporary choreographers,

In addition, Limón is considered a role model for Latinx communities throughout the United States. Through the Limón Institute, the popular Limón4Kids program takes the choreographer’s legacy into the classrooms of the most under-represented New York City public schools and community centers.

​The Stephanie C. Davis Dance Residency is in its 14th year. It was created by a gift from Sue and Gus Davis ’59 in memory of their daughter, a modern dancer and environmental activist with a lifelong love of the performing arts.

Tickets to Limon Dance may be picked up weekdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts main office. On the night of the performance, buses leave from the Nott/Seward parking lot at 7 p.m. and return after the show.