The José Limón Dance Foundation celebrates 70 years with an international dance festival at The Joyce Theater in New York, October 13–25. The company, now led by Carla Maxwell, will perform along with guest artists, including the Royal Danish Ballet and Bayerisches Staatsballett, and students from colleges in the U.S., Mexico and Taiwan.
Southern Methodist University students will present There Is a Time (1956) at the festival. Patty Harrington Delaney, who heads the dance program, says that SMU’s faculty is steeped in the Limón tradition and eager to pass that on to the student body: “Many of us have studied Limón over time—the appreciation for the craft and choreography is longstanding here.” Douglas Nielsen, who directs the dance department at the University of Arizona, feels the same sense of responsibility to his students, who will perform The Unsung (1971) at the festival. “That’s my role,” he says. “To shepherd it through.”
The Juilliard School, The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, New York University Tisch School of the Arts, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Instituto Sinaloense de Cultura in Mexico, University of Taipei in Taiwan and Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre will also perform five significant works from the Limón repertoire.
Top photo by Beatriz Schiller; both courtesy of the José Limón Dance Foundation