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#16 Amy Reusch

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 09:39 PM

Sad wasting of the treasures in their repertory...

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 11:26 AM

Only 1 dance by Limon and none by Humphrey? That seems like very weak tea for the 65th anniversary.


In general I sympathize with companies that want to continue to grow their repertory -- not all new dances are worth archiving, but in general, modern dance is designed to create new work -- without innovation they are turning their backs on a central tenent of the discipline.

Having said that, however, I would wish that an anniversary show really dug back into the collection, if for no other reason than to show how the ensemble lasted this long -- why we continue to think they are worth supporting. Maintaining a repertory company is an odd balance of shepherding old works into the future and finding new works that can become old.

To be fair to the current administration at Limon, there really aren't too many other groups out there to model themselves on in this process -- they are breaking new ground every year.

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 05:44 PM

Sad wasting of the treasures in their repertory...


Only 1 dance by Limon and none by Humphrey? That seems like very weak tea for the 65th anniversary.


In general I sympathize with companies that want to continue to grow their repertory -- not all new dances are worth archiving, but in general, modern dance is designed to create new work -- without innovation they are turning their backs on a central tenent of the discipline.

Having said that, however, I would wish that an anniversary show really dug back into the collection, if for no other reason than to show how the ensemble lasted this long -- why we continue to think they are worth supporting. Maintaining a repertory company is an odd balance of shepherding old works into the future and finding new works that can become old.

To be fair to the current administration at Limon, there really aren't too many other groups out there to model themselves on in this process -- they are breaking new ground every year.

Two things bother me about this programming.

First, I feel like the company is taking a big chance by only programming two works across eight performances. If this new work is a masterpiece, then the artistic leadership will have gambled and won. But, if the work is average-to-bad (and it's paired with the problematic Emperor Jones), then an opportunity will have been missed (as sandik notes) to remind everyone why the company was worthwhile in the first place. (And, under those circumstances, I can practically write the killing Times review myself.)

My other concern with this new work is that the company is venturing too far afield from their core aesthetic. The company's own February newsletter states that Pederneiras', "dance aesthetic is very different from that of the Limon Dance Company." Pair this with a newly commissioned score that sounds like it will also be a departure from the kind of music Limon preferred (like Bach) and I can't help wondering what this new commission is supposed to tell us about the company in 2012. There is nothing about this commission to suggest that the Humphrey-Limon technique and Limon's conception of dance theater can be adapted by other choreographers to reflect life as it is lived in the 21st century.

Earlier in this thread, I jotted down some ideas as to what I thought would make for a good season and would serve as a refreshing reminder of all that is good about the company's mission and repertory. Sadly, I'm skeptical that this programming in June will accomplish the same objective.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 03:08 PM

Seattle Times reviews the first performance:

http://seattletimes...._dr02limon.html

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 04:54 AM

Reminder: New York Theatre Ballet will be performing The Moor's Pavane on March 9th and 10th at Florence Gould Hall in New York. This should be a good venue to see this work -- more so than in the opera houses where it is usually seen.

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 05:26 AM

More reviews of the Seattle performances:

http://crosscut.com/...of-its-founder/
http://www.sgn.org/s...0_10/page26.cfm

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 03:47 AM

New York Times review of the New York Theater Ballet performance of The Moor's Pavane:

http://www.nytimes.c...l?_r=1&ref=arts

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 01:31 PM

The students at Juilliard will be performing Limon's rarely seen Waldstein Sonata on a triple bill with Nacho Duato's Gnawa and Ohad Naharin's Secus. Performances at the Sharp Theater will be on March 29-31 @ 8PM and April 1 @ 3PM.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 03:33 PM

New York Times reviews the Juilliard triple bill:

http://www.nytimes.c...l?_r=1&ref=arts#

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Posted 16 April 2012 - 03:37 PM

The 92nd Street Y in New York will be presenting a program on 04/20 titled Voices from the Bennington School of Dance. As part of the program, the Montclair State University Repertory Dance Company will perform excerpts from Limon's There Is a Time.

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 10:55 AM

For those of you in the Seattle area, the Cornish Dance Theater (at the Cornish College of the Arts) will be presenting an excerpt of Psalm (1967) as part of its Spring performances (April 27/28). Former Limon company member Brenna Monroe-Cook is the stager.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 02:55 PM

Alastair Macaulay reviews the Limon Dance Company at the Joyce:

http://www.nytimes.c...l?_r=1&ref=arts

(Truth be told, I have to agree with him about The Emperor Jones and La Cathedrale Engloutie. And even though this is the third time he's panned Roxane D'Orleans Juste in print for her performance in Chaconne, he was fair and noted that the audience gave her an ovation.)

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Posted 21 June 2012 - 01:33 PM

Apollinaire Scherr reviews the Joyce performance(s):

http://www.ft.com/in...l#axzz1ySw94XhP

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 08:28 AM

Carol Pardo reviews the Joyce performance(s) at DanceViewTimes:

http://www.danceview...ying-alive.html

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 04:33 PM

Robert Johnson reviews the performance(s) in the Star-Ledger:

http://www.nj.com/en...altered_ma.html

(I have to agree with him about the casting for The Emperor Jones.)


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