Live, Local, Limon! sjDANCEco to Perform Jose Limon's Missa Brevis in San Jose

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While much of the nation is transfixed by televised classical dancing, due to dance programs such as ABC's “Dancing With the Stars,” many have missed a Northern California treasure: San Jose Dance Company, or more familiarly, sjDANCEco.

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sjDANCEco will perform Jose Limon's Missa Brevis.

This dance is as it is truly meant to be: live and local.

The professional local dancers of sjDANCEco, the nationally noted and highly successful Bay Area dance company, are set to enchant Bay Area audiences this weekend with two special shows at 8 pm on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 only. The emotional context of the performance will surely be heightened by its historic and dramatic venue, the California Theatre in San Jose.

Both evenings will feature renowned artist Jose Limon's exquisite masterwork Missa Brevis, featuring guest dancer Raphael Boumaila and an impressive group of 23 professional local dancers. The performance on stage is skillfully set to a moving score performed by the highly regarded San Jose Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Barbara Day Turner.

“This dance is as it is truly meant to be: live and local,” said Tom Douglas, a friend of sjDANCEco.

Guests will also experience inaugural world premiere performances designed by nationally celebrated choreographers Gary Masters and Maria Basile. Each is destined to capture the viewer's imagination as their powerful stories unfold through beautiful, graceful and vigorous dance performances.

Jose Limon once said: “It is in [dance's] power and province to reaffirm the dignity of man in an age that desperately needs this affirmation. Never have the arts been so much needed, nor so challenged; surely, dance can remind us of the greatness of man's spirit, and of his creativeness, not his destructiveness.” The upcoming performances at San Jose's historic California Theatre will bring Limon's words to life right here in the Bay Area.

"While tens of millions of Americans are familiar with dance through the celebrity show formats offered on primetime television, only audiences that spend an evening enchanted by the beauty of live dance can truly appreciate the meaning of the words uttered by this renowned American contemporary choreographer," said Douglas.

Many new fans are focusing on these upcoming performances due to the exposure received from sjDANCEco’s affiliation with Groupon, as the 8 pm shows this weekend were recently featured as a Groupon Daily Deal in the South Bay.

For additional information and to secure tickets, visit San Jose Dance Company's web site at sjdanceco.com.

About San Jose Dance Company (sjDANCEco)
Founded in 2003, sjDANCEco serves both San Jose residents and the community of local dance artists by assembling exemplary performing arts programs that make it possible for the public to experience top quality contemporary dance performances in the South Bay. The organization introduces new audiences to dance and, by maintaining excellence in all performance, instills an appreciation for the art form.

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