The University of New Mexico Dance Program announces a powerful joining of forces. The American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI) from Brown University in partnership with the Arts Learning Laboratory brings members of the legendary José Limón Dance Company for a residency at the University of New Mexico from through Saturday, Sept. 14,  in Albuquerque. This residency was partially funded by an NEA grant to Brown University and the Department of Theatre and Dance through the Ann Rutledge endowment in memory of Elizabeth Waters. UNM has been chosen as a site to partner with ADLI in developing a Repertory EtudeTM based on Limón’s choreography.

A culminating event of this residency is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 14. The all-day event will begin with a master class with Carla Maxwell, artistic director of the Limón Company. An afternoon sharing of ideas and works by members of the dance community from across New Mexico is set. Finally, an evening performance features works by Dancing Legacy; the resident ADLI dance company, UNM dancers and choreographer Donna Jewell.

“Gathering of Forces” Workshop Schedule:

1 – 2:30 p.m.: Master Class by Carla Maxwell, artistic director of the Limón Dance Company

3 – 5 p.m.: Community Sharing, ADLI meets members of the New Mexico Dance Community

7 p.m.: Evening performance featuring Dancing Legacy, ADLI’s repertory ensemble, Kristen Foote, soloist with the Limón Dance Company, UNM dancers, and choreographer Donna Jewell, head, UNM Dance Program

American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI) is dedicated to providing individuals the opportunity to appreciate and participate in America’s rich dance heritage and recognize it as a cultural asset relevant to all. To fulfill its mission, ADLI produces innovative materials and programs, including the groundbreaking Repertory EtudesTM Collection, designed to engage artists, educators and the general public with participatory viewing and dancing experiences. Founded in 1993 by dance pioneers Carolyn Adams and Julie Adams Strandberg, ADLI is housed at Brown University’s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. A revolutionary concept in the field of dance, these challenging studies stand on their own as concert pieces and also as rich tools for improving dance technique and performance skills. They provide any individual, particularly an educator, with usable source material for lifelong learning about dance. Repertory EtudesTM offer the opportunity to explore, discuss and appreciate American dance’s personal and cultural relevance.

When asked about the partnership between UNM and ADLI, Julie Adams Strandberg, co-founder, American Dance Legacy Initiative, said, “In 1993 my sister, Carolyn Adams, and I co-founded the American Dance Legacy Initiative. We had a vision of ADLI hubs throughout the nation where there would be an organic exchange among people from all regions, sharing historical and contemporary dance, and creating an inclusive circle of American dance shared by all. In 1998 when we met Mary Anne Santos Newhall, the dream of an ADLI Southwest Hub was born. For the next 15 years we were on a journey together, researching, teaching and performing with colleagues and students in New York, Rhode Island, New Mexico and Florida. This Community Workshop at UNM is a milestone in that journey and the first major ADLI Southwest Hub event. I am particularly thrilled to anticipate the next leg of that journey and can only imagine what lies ahead as we continue to 'Gather Our Forces' and move into the future together.”

Master teachers and dancers Carla Maxwell and Kristen Foote are part of the partnership. Maxwell joined the Limón Dance Company in 1965. She soon became a principal dancer under Limón's direction and, in 1975, assistant artistic director under Ruth Currier. Maxwell was appointed artistic director in 1978, and during her tenure, the Company has emerged as one of the finest repertory dance ensembles in the world. She received the 1995 Dance Magazine Award and a 1998 New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award for finding a creative present in the context of a revered past, and thereby offering choreographic opportunity to multiple generations of artists; for inspired leadership and artistic accomplishment. Acclaimed as a brilliant dramatic dancer, she danced many major roles with the Company, including the title role in Carlota, Limón's final ballet which he choreographed for her. Maxwell is responsible for many of the Company's reconstructions of Limón dance, and as a choreographer, she has created works for the Company and regional companies throughout the U.S. She teaches internationally as both a representative of the Company and a guest artist-in-residence. Kristen Foote joined the Limon Dance Company in 2000. She has since performed as a soloist in roles by Jose Limón, Isadora Duncan, Doris Humphrey, Anna Sokolow, Jiri Kylian, Donald McKayle, Murray Louis, Lar Lubovich, Susanne Linke and Adam Hougland. Her training began in Toronto where she studied ballet, tap and jazz before joining the Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, where she toured with the International Pre-Professional Company and began her training of the Limón technique. She has been hailed by the New York Times as “marvelously versatile” and has been recognized by Dance Magazine in their “Top 25 To Watch” in 2005, as one of the “Most Amazing Performers” of 2010, and a featured dancer in their September 2011 edition. Ms. Foote teaches Limón Master classes, workshops and re-stages Limon repertory across the U.S. and Canada.

All events are at the Elizabeth Waters Center for Dance at Carlisle Gymnasium on the UNM campus and are free of charge. For more information please contact the UNM Dance Program 505-277-3660 or the UNM Theatre Office 505-277-4332.