Miami City Ballet to perform at Norton

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Katia Carranza, Rainer Krenstetter and Renan Cerdeiro rehearse The Moors Pavane. Photo by Iziliaev

To celebrate the arrival of “Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection” at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, the Miami City Ballet will perform José Limón The Pavane des Maures as part of the exhibition’s special programming on October 29 at 7 p.m. The performance is free with admission to the museum and guests can RSVP here.

The performance will be followed by a conversation and question-and-answer session with Dante Puleio, artistic director of the José Limón Dance Foundation, and Daniel Lewis, president of Miami Dance Futures.

Born in Culiacán, Mexico, in 1908, Limón and his family fled during the Mexican Revolution of 1910. At the age of seven, he and his parents emigrated from Mexico to Tucson, Arizona, and eventually settled in Los Angeles, California. When Limón moved to New York he became interested in dance, inspired by a performance by Harald Kreutzberg and Yvonne Georgi. Limón studied with Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman and quickly began his professional career in their company, where he became known for his dynamic, masculine dance.

In 1946, Limón founded his own company, appointing Humphrey as artistic director. Limon’s a powerful choreography, often steeped in drama, relayed the human experience drawn from hispanic history, culture, literature and religion. For 25 years, he established himself with his company as one of the major forces of 20th century dance.

Limón is best known for its iconic masterpiece, The Pavane des Maures, which premiered at the Connecticut Festival in New London in 1949. Based on Shakespeare’s Othello, La Pavane du Maure is an image of the corrosive force of jealousy and the destruction of good by evil. The majestic and formal choreography offers a stark contrast to the emotional and passionate characters of this tragic story.

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