|About the Book|
Jose Limon (1908-1972) was one of the leading figures of modern dance in the twentieth century. Hailed by the New York Times as the finest male dancer of his time when the Jose Limon Dance Company debuted in 1947, Limon was also a renownedMoreJose Limon (1908-1972) was one of the leading figures of modern dance in the twentieth century. Hailed by the New York Times as the finest male dancer of his time when the Jose Limon Dance Company debuted in 1947, Limon was also a renowned choreographer who won two Dance Magazine Awards and a Capezio Dance Award, two of dances highest honors. In addition to directing his own dance company, Limon served as artistic director of the Lincoln Centers American Dance Theater and also taught choreography at the Juilliard School for many years.In this volume, scholars and artists from fields as diverse as dance history, art history, Mesoamerican ethnohistory, Mexican American studies, music studies, and Mexican history come together to explore one of Jose Limons masterworks, the ballet La Malinche. Offering many points of entry into the dance, they examine La Malinche from various angles, such as Limons life story and the influence of his Mexican heritage on his work, an analysis of the dance itself, the musical score composed by Norman Lloyd, the visual elements of props and costumes, the history and myth of La Malinche (the indigenous woman who served the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes as interpreter and mistress), La Malinches continuing presence in Mexican American culture, and issues involved in a modern restaging of the dance.Also included in the book is a DVD written and directed by Patricia Harrington Delaney that presents the ballet in its entirety, accompanied by expert commentary that sets La Malinche within its artistic and historical context.