Join SummerStage as we celebrate the 65th anniversary of the José Limón Dance Company and the “Summer of Limón” series. The company will premiere Come With Me, a specially commissioned dance piece set to live music by world-renowned GRAMMY® Award winning, Cuban composer, Paquito D’Rivera and choreography by Rodrigo Pederneiras of Brazil’s Grupo Corpo. This new work is Pederneiras’ first commission for a U.S dance company and D’Rivera’s first dance commission.
From its inception the Limón Dance Company has served as a cultural ambassador. The company was founded in 1946 by Mexican choreographer, José Limón and is a modern dance company performing to over 30,000 audience members annually. Named one of “America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures” by the Dance Heritage Coalition and recipient of the 2008 National Medal of Art, Limón was instrumental in shaping the creation of American modern dance as we know it today. Immigrating to the United States from Mexico in 1918, Limón is considered one of Mexico’s greatest artistic exports, and a role model for Hispanic and Latino communities across the country. This season, Limón Dance Company celebrates its 65th anniversary with a number of special performances, classes, and workshops.
Cuban-born saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera’s performances transcend musical genres, where he is equally at home performing cool jazz, hot Latin sounds or even a classical concerto. With a famed career and numerous accolades, D’ Rivera added to his long list of awards and accomplishments with two 2011 Latin GRAMMY® Awards for “Best Latin Jazz Album” and “Best Classical Contemporary Composition.” As popular as ever, he has composed and will play original music for the world premiere of this special commissioned dance piece for SummerStage.