Harriet & Charles Luckman
Fine Arts Complex
Contact: Diane Turner
Phone: (323) 343-6616
Fax: (323) 343-6423
Date: March 11, 1996


The Limón Dance Company, the legacy of the brilliant dancer and choreographer José Limón, celebrates its 50th Anniversary at Luckman Theatre Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. For tickets call (323) 343-6610.

Each show celebrates the pure beauty of human movement and the broad spectrum of human emotion through modern dance. Luckman audiences will be treated to the following repertory:

SOMBRA Y SOL, a major work by Donald McKayle about the life and work of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. The music for this dance is by Aaron Copland

A new production of José Limón's A SUITE FROM CHOREOGRAPHIC OFFERING and THE MOOR'S PAVANE variations on the theme of Othello with an expanded company of 24 dancers

SPANISH DANCE and STRANGE HERO, two modern classic solos by Daniel Nagrin pale grass, blue and then red, by the post-modernist choreographer Ralph Lemon with a score by composer Anthony Davis

The Limón Dance Company, "America's Modern Dance Classic for 50 Years," is the living embodiment of the movement technique and philosophy of theater developed by José Limón (1908-72) and his mentors, Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman. Their innovative works have since become recognized as great masterworks of American dance. Humphrey served as artistic director from the Company's inception in 1946, until her death in 1958. Her works have always been a major component of the repertory.

Limón himself created 74 works before his death in 1972, and through him the American male dancer achieved a new-found distinction. The Company has presented the work of Company members Lucas Hoving, Pauline Koner, Ruth Currier and Louis Falco. Since Limon's death, the Company has produced over 50 works by more than 30 choreographers, including Garth Fagan, Donald McKayle, Murray Louis, Kurt Jooss, Annabelle Gamson, Meredith Monk, Alwin Nikolais, Phyllis Lamhut, Anna Sokolow and Jiri Kylian.

Over the past four decades, the Company has performed in all 50 states and in over 30 foreign countries. In 1954, the Company was the first group to tour under the State Department's Cultural Exchange Program, and it has had a number of other important State Department-sponsored tours, including a 1973 visit to the former Soviet Union. The Company has also performed at The White House and at most major festivals around the world.

Luckman Theatre, part of the Harriet & Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, is noted for its integrity in bringing innovative dance, music and theatre to Southern California.

Located at the junction of the I-10 (San Bernardino) and I-710 (Long Beach) freeways on the California State University, Los Angeles campus, Luckman's striking red brick structures house one of the newest performing arts theatres and fine arts galleries in Los Angeles. The fine arts gallery -- free to the public -- is open one hour prior to each theatre performance and Monday through Thursday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For theatre ticket and additional information about the Luckman Fine Arts Complex call (323) 343-6610.

Luckman Fine Arts Complex presents The Limón Dance Company.

America's first modern dance repertory company celebrates its 50th Anniversary Season at Luckman Theatre with new and revival dances.

Luckman Theatre at Cal State L.A., Eastern Ave. exit of the I-10 (San Bernardino) freeway.

Friday and Saturday, April 26 & 27 at 8 p.m.

$25/$22 (students with I.D. & seniors over 65-$12); group prices available.

Luckman information -- (323) 343-6610.

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