The current of life energy that runs through the body and gives dance its ultimate beauty and vitality will be an important topic of the Workshop.
Based on the dynamic heritage of the Humphrey/Limón tradition, internationally renowned master teachers Betty Jones and Fritz Ludin transmit their own individual ways of dance. Gaining a philosophical and physical understanding of Doris Humphrey and José Limón’s humanistic work; with Doris’s emphasis on fall and recovery, her dichotomous use of dynamics in upper and lower extremities that brought drama and beauty to her dance, as well as Mr. Limón’s “voices of the body.” José embodied and understood this principal fully, making his dancing majestic and fulfilling – he was in full concert not just with the earth, but placed himself center stage in the universe. You’ll be discovering layers upon layers of complexities.
Having taught legions of dancers with ethnic and cultural diversities around the globe, Betty and Fritz’s curiosity inspires participants to search for their own individual roots. They conceive dance as poetry and an art form with Dionysian and Apollonian counterparts, where the sensation of weight versus suspension is being highlighted. Their mentor’s voices, the experience of gravitational momentum, and breaching of barriers, will be an integral part of the workshop.
It is this ongoing vitality that keeps the Humphrey/Limón heritage in high esteem, and keeps attracting students and dancers for life globally.
When: June 5-23, 2017, Mon-Fri, 10-12 pm (15 classes)
Where: BALLET HISPANICO – 167 West 89th Street, STUDIO 8, New York, NY 10024 (between Amsterdam-Columbus)
EARLY BIRD Fees (available until April 29, 2017)
10 class card: $200
15 class card: $290
single class: $22
5 class card: $110
10 class card: $210
15 class card: $320
Who is who:
Betty Jones is a legendary teacher and a founding member of the José Limón Dance Company. Countless roles in the Humphrey/Limón repertory were created on her, including her acclaimed Desdemona in Limóns “The Moor’s Pavane.” Her performances with the José Limón Company and her own Dances We Dance Co. were infused with a lyricism dramatic intensity, and delicacy unmatched. Her extraordinary gifts as a teacher have touched legions of dancers across the globe.
Fritz Ludin joined the José Limón Dance Company in 1963. He appeared in the NET documentary “An Hour with José Limón”, and assisted Mr. Limón in restaging “Missa Brevis” at the University of Utah, where he performed Limón’s own role. He and Betty Jones have been commissioned to restage Humphrey/Limón masterworks in Russia, France and USA. He has toured and choreographed internationally as the co- founder of Dances We Dance, including frequent teaching engagements in USA, Japan, China and Europe.