This celebrated modern dance company shares its technical mastery and classic expression of movement with communities in Madagascar, South Africa, and Zambia.
The Limón Dance Company has been at the vanguard of American modern dance since its inception in 1946. It is the living legacy of dance-theater developed by José Limón, who died in 1972, and is renowned for its technical mastery and dramatic expression in demon¬strating the timelessness of Limón’s works. The company has been committed to balancing classic works of American modern dance with commissions and acquisitions from contemporary choreographers, resulting in an astonishingly diverse repertory. The José Limón Dance Foundation was awarded a 2008 National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest honor for artistic excellence.
In 1954, the company became the first troupe ever to tour under the auspices of the American Cultural Exchange Program. With those deep roots in global outreach and artistic tradition—as well as its exceptionally refined sense of discipline— the Limón Dance Company shares its deep roots in the American Modern Dance tradition with participants in Madagascar, South Africa, and Zambia.
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Carla Maxwell joined the Limón Dance Company in 1965 and soon became a principal dancer under José Limón’s direction. In 1978, she was appointed artistic director—and during her tenure, the company has emerged as one of the most celebrated repertory dance ensembles in the world. Maxwell received the 1995 Dance Magazine Award and a Bessie Award in 1998. She is an acclaimed dancer, having performed many major roles with the company. Maxwell is responsible for many of the company’s reconstructions of Limón dances, and as a choreographer, has created dance works for the Limón Dance Company and companies throughout the US. She teaches dance internationally as both a representative of the company and a guest artist in residence.