Dance Is a Moment: A Portrait of Jose Limon in Words and by Barbara Pollack

By Barbara Pollack

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The deadline for the dance was set. In exactly two months, four days, and twelve hours, the dance had to be ready for the world. Jose had not yet uttered the first directions to the company, but the tickets had been ordered from the printer. Even before he began, Jose knew there was too little time. He told them about the Ecclesiastes quotation and then read it to them. " They did so, then waited. I thought when I began to work on this dance that the problem was to tind a dance theme for time. Time is that which them is most of.

The third work was Humphrey's Water Study, which she had composed in 1927 to be performed without music. A classic of modem dance choreography, it was intended to suggest the surge, the climax, and the diminution of ocean waves. " "Your contract said these dances are to be done intact," Doris reminded him. She had been expecting just such a request. " f i e show opened and the dances were received enthusiastically. Other producers rushed to ask the Humphrey-Weidman Company for more of it. It was the fust tune modem dance had been seen on Broadway.

P. McEvoy, boasted three complete HumphreyWeidman dances, performed intact. de, a Weidman study of boxers' movements for men, and The S M m , a Humphrey masterpiece concerned with the early American sect that believed that they could dance their way to salvation. Jose was in both of these dances. The third work was Humphrey's Water Study, which she had composed in 1927 to be performed without music. A classic of modem dance choreography, it was intended to suggest the surge, the climax, and the diminution of ocean waves.

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