LIMON; A LIFE BEYOND WORDS to be shown on HITN TV October 18 at 9 PM as part of the celebration of Mexican Independence.
Best Film Made for Television – Montreal Festival of Films on Art.
Best Documentary – Ajijc Festival, Internacionale de Cine, Mexico.
Best Documentary on the Arts – Wine Country Film Festival.
The film follows Jose Limon's life chronologically, beginning with his birth in Mexico and his family's 1915 flight from the violence of the Mexican revolution. After emigrating to the U.S., Limon's mother died due to complications stemming from her thirteenth pregnancy. A devastated Limon became radicalized by left wing culture and decided to move to New York to become an artist during the height of the depression. Once in NY, however, he lost all interest in painting and was reborn by the discovery of modern dance. Though much older than most dancers, and not possessing a typical dancer's body, Limon's passion, persistence and unflinching dedication allowed him to rise through the ranks of the Humphrey/Weidman company. As both a dancer and choreographer, he became one of the major forces of 20th century dance. The film peaks with the successive triumphs of his robust career and closes with his final years, his later works, and his untimely death.
"This film is important to the entire dance world and to those everywhere who value artists."
Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice
"(Limon)….best male dancer of his own, or any other, time."
The New York Times
"This poetic film enriches our experience and understanding of this great artist."
Rose Ann Thom, Dance Magazine
"Roth's social conscience gives (the film) a strong sense of context, and he's adept at
linking Limon's works to the era of their creation or the man's own story."
Lewis Segal, The Los Angeles Times
"Old film footage conjures up incomparable dancers of the past and their choreographies to give us a very special frisson of delight."
Susi Lovell, The Montreal Gazette
Produced by Ann Vachon, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Cassandra Hesseltine
THE LIMÓN DANCE COMPANY for China tour
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