Limón Dance Company Takes Main Stage in South Miami-Dade for 70th Anniversary Tour

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World-acclaimed company performs choreography that spans its 70 year history

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center and Culture Shock Miami present the Limón Dance Company, celebrating its 70th anniversary, in a program that includes choreography by company founder José Limón, artistic director Colin Connor, and award-winning choreographer Kate Weare. The company takes the Main Stage of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

The audience is invited to attend a pre-performance talk from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in the Dance Rehearsal room featuring Daniel Lewis, former principal dancer with the Limón Dance Company and local dance icon and Colin Connor, Limón Dance Company’s Artistic Director.

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Hailed as one of the world’s great dance companies, the Limón Dance Company has been at the vanguard of American modern dance since its inception in 1946. The company is the living legacy of dance theater developed by José Limón and his mentors, Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, whose innovative works revolutionized the American dance. After Limón’s death in 1972 the company pioneered the idea that it was possible to survive the death of its founder, setting an example for the entire dance field. Now in its 70th year, the Limón Dance Company is renowned for its technical mastery and dramatic expression, and demonstrates both the timelessness of José Limón’s works and the humanistic vision that guides the repertory choices.

The 70th Anniversary program offers an eclectic contrast of choreography from the inception of the company to present day. Three works by founder José Limón are Concerto Grosso (1945), The Moor’s Pavane (1949) and Dialogues (1951). Corvidae, by Colin Connor, artistic director and choreographer, had its professionally premiere, this year. Night Light by American chorographer Kate Weare, completes the evening’s repertoire.

Founded in 1946 by José Limón and Doris Humphrey, the Limón Dance Company has been committed to producing and presenting programs that balance classic works of American modern dance with commissions and acquisitions from contemporary choreographers, resulting in a repertory of unparalleled breadth. In its first half-century, the company achieved many important milestones: it was the first group to tour under the auspices of the American Cultural Exchange Program (1954), the first dance troupe to perform at Lincoln Center (1963), and has had the honor of appearing twice at The White House (1967 and 1995). More recently the José Limón Dance Foundation was awarded a 2008 National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence.”

Full price tickets are $25 to $45 and $10 for Youth Tickets for 12 years old and under. These tickets are available online at SMDCAC.org or through the SMDCAC box office by calling 786-573-5300. $5 Culture Shock Miami tickets are not sold through the SMDCAC Box Office or through SMDCAC.org. Culture Shock Miami ticket sales for this performance end on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 11:59 PM.

$5 tickets are available to 13-22 year olds and one accompanying guest, exclusively through CultureShockMiami.com.

PROGRAM

CONCERTO GROSSO (1945)
Choreography: José Limón
Music: Antonio Vivaldi

DIALOGUES (1951)
Choreography: José Limón
Music: Norman Lloyd, composed for the dance

CORVIDAE (2016)
Choreography: Colin Connor
Music: Phillip Glass

THE MOOR'S PAVANE (1949)
Choreography: José Limón
Music: Henry Purcell, arrangement by Simon Sadoff

NIGHT LIGHT (2014)
Choreography: Kate Weare
Music: A Song for Mick Kelly (from album: Victoire -Cathedral City); Passacaglia for unaccompanied
violin from Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber’s The Rosary Sonatas (From album by Andrew Manze and Richard Egarr)

ABOUT THE LIMÓN DANCE COMPANY

The Limón Dance Company (LDC) has been at the vanguard of dance since its inception in 1946, distinguishing itself as the first dance group to tour internationally under the auspices of the State Department and the first modern dance company to perform at Lincoln Center in New York, as well as performing twice at The White House. Thematically, founder José Limón possessed a social awareness that transcended distinct groups to address how we all search for commonality, earning him a special place in American culture. With their arresting visual clarity, theatricality, and rhythmic and musical life, his works continue to influence the evolution of the art form more than 40 years after his passing. The Company has developed a repertory of unparalleled breadth to complement the classics by its founders Humphrey and Limón. This oeuvre represents 44 choreographers and 45 new commissions/acquisitions by such luminaries as Lar Lubovitch, Doug Varone, Donald McKayle, Murray Louis, Susanne Linke, Meredith Monk, Jiří Kylián, and now Kate Weare.

The José Limón Dance Foundation, encompassing the Company and the educational and licensing Institute, was awarded a 2008 National Medalof the Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence.

ABOUT SOUTH MIAMI-DADE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER

The SOUTH MIAMI-DADE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER, designed by an internationally-acclaimed design team that includes Arquitectonica International, Inc. (architects), Fisher Dachs Associates, Inc. (theater design), Artec Consultants, Inc. (acoustics), and AMS Planning & Research Corp. (theater management), provides, for the first time, a state-of-the-art cultural venue and community gathering place in the southern part of Miami-Dade County. Located at 10950 SW 211th Street in Cutler Bay, the Center is an integral part of the economic and cultural development of the area, offering quality artistic programming and community accessibility. The Center features prominent works of art created by Miami artist Robert Chambers who was commissioned by Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places program to design a kinetic light wall and sculptures for the theater.

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the Office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The Center is dedicated to presenting and supporting arts and culture and providing access to the arts to the entire Miami-Dade County community. More information about the Center and its programs can be found at http://www.smdcac.org.

ABOUT CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI ( http://www.CULTURESHOCKMIAMI.COM )

CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI, a program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, is designed to introduce the next generation of audience members to live arts and cultural experiences at the age when they are beginning to make their own entertainment decisions. Based on research that shows most people begin their appreciation for the arts at a young age, Culture Shock Miami is founded on the premise that when kids make the arts a regular entertainment choice, they are more likely to become full-price ticket buyers and subscribers of the future. Culture Shock Miami offers $5 tickets for students (ages 13-22) to performances provided by more than 100 organizations, including top music, theatre, dance, and performing arts presenters in Miami-Dade County. With each $5 student ticket, a second $5 ticket may be purchased for an accompanying guest of any age. Tickets are on sale now through CULTURESHOCKMIAMI.COM. In addition to performing arts, students can get two-for-$5 or free admission passes to many South Florida museums, landmarks, and cultural destinations. For more information about this exciting program, please call 305/375-1949 or contact Christina Tassy-Beauvoir at cmt(at)miamidade(dot)gov or Mary-Margaret Dale at marymar(at)miamidade(dot)gov.

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection. The Department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay, as well as Miami Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning. The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.

ADA / ACCESSIBILITY
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