Jose Limon: An Unfinished Memoir

By: Jose Limon

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Both as a dancer and a choreographer, Jos Lim n electrified audiences from the1930s to the 1960s. With his striking looks and charismatic presence, he was American modern dance's first male star. Born in Culiac n, Mexico, in 1908, the eldest of twelve children, he came to the United States when he was seven. In 1928, after a year at UCLA as an art major, he left for New York. Here, he attended his first modern dance concert and discovered his destiny.

He spent the 1930s with the Humphrey-Weidman group. Then, in the 1940s, after a stint in the army, and with Doris Humphrey as artistic advisor, he formed one of the outstanding modern dance companies of the postwar era. His greatest works -- The Moor's Pavane, La Malinche, The Traitor, A Choreographic Offering, There is a Time, Missa Brevis -- extolled a humanism that endeared them to audiences the world over. Although Lim n died in 1972, all these dances remain in the Lim n Dance Company's active repertory.

This memoir was commissioned by Wesleyan University Press in the late 1960s. Left unfinished at the time of Lim n's death, it stands on its own as a Joycean account of the coming of age of an unusually perceptive dance artist. Lim n writes with eloquence of his Mexican childhood. And of the numerous figures he memorializes, from Martha Graham to Jos Covarrubias, none is more luminously evoked than Doris Humphrey, the "goddess," "nymph," and "caryatid" of his life. Sensitively edited by Lynn Garafola, the book includes a complete list of Lim n's works, richly informative notes, rare photographs, and a detailed bibliography. This is the single most important book on Lim n and a riveting memoir of modern dance during its golden age

Title: Jose Limon: An Unfinished Memoir

Author Name: Jose Limon

Categories: Dance/Performing Arts,

Publisher: Wesleyan: September 2001

ISBN Number: 0819565059

ISBN Number 13: 9780819565051

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: New - New

Seller ID: 17396