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    Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder by Donald McKayle, Photo by Sharon Kain

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    Invention by Doris Humphrey, Photo by Sharon Kain

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    Mazurkas by Jose Limon, dancer Dan Higgins, photo by Sharon Kain

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    Castor & Pollux by Elizabeth Waters

RDT celebrates its commitment to performing classic American dance treasures by legendary choreographers Doris Humphrey, José Limón, Donald McKayle, and Elizabeth Waters.

Featuring:

RAINBOW ROUND MY SHOULDER - (1959) by Donald McKayle

Donald McKayle’s masterwork, Rainbow Round My Shoulder, is acclaimed as a modern dance classic. A searing dramatic narrative, it is set on a chain gang in the American south where prisoners work, breaking rock from “can see to can’t see.” Their aspirations for freedom come in the guise of a woman, first as a vision then as a remembered sweetheart, mother, and wife. The songs that accompany their arduous labor are rich in polyphony and tell a bitter, sardonic, and tragic story.

 

Invention - (1949) by Doris Humphrey

A classic work by one of the founders of Modern Dance featuring vibrant energy and an affirmation of the human spirit.

 

Castor & Pollux (1958) - by Elizabeth Waters

Castor and Pollux are the twin stars of good luck. The immortal soul appears as substance and the mortal soul as reality. Then the two travel together as of one experience. Elizabeth Waters merges the theories and movements of the Hanya Holm dance technique with movement qualities inspired by Pueblo Indian rituals. The dancers shape and define the space in which they move while conveying the attitudes of Pueblo ceremonial dancers.

 

Suite from Mazurkas (1958) - by Jose Limon

Limon choreographed this classical work in 1958 after touring Europe. Limon’s stirring choreography depicts an indomitable humanity rising up after near destruction following World War II.

 

Artist Bios

José Limón

 

Modern dance pioneer José Limón was born on January 12, 1908, in Culiacán, Mexico. His family immigrated to the United States when he was a boy, and he grew up in Los Angeles, California. A move to New York in 1928 brought Limón into contact with the modern dance world. He trained as a dancer and became a major performer and choreographer, eventually founding his own dance company in 1947. Internationally celebrated for his powerful and influential style, Limón died in New Jersey in 1972.


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Donald McKayle

 

Donald McKayle, recipient of honors and awards in every aspect of his illustrious career, has been named by the Dance Heritage Coalition as “one of America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures: the First 100.” His choreographic masterworks, considered modern dance classics, Games, Rainbow Round My Shoulder, District Storyville, and Songs of the Disinherited are performed around the world. He has choreographed over ninety works for dance companies in the United States, Canada, Israel, Europe and South America. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and the Lula Washington Dance Theatre serve as repositories for his works. He is the Artistic Mentor for the Limón Dance Company. Ten retrospectives have honored his choreography. In April 2005, Donald McKayle was honored at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and presented with a medal as a Master of African American Choreography.

In 2001, he choreographed the monumental ten-hour production of Tantalus, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in collaboration with the Denver Center Theatre Company. Five Tony Nominations have honored his choreography for Broadway musical theater: Sophisticated Ladies, Doctor Jazz, A Time for Singing, and for Raisin, which garnered the Tony Award as Best Musical, and for which he received Tony nominations for both direction and choreography. For Sophisticated Ladies he was also honored with an Outer Critics Circle Award and the NAACP Image Award. His most recent choreography for Broadway was showcased in It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues, that earned a Tony nomination for Best Musical. He received an Emmy  nomination for the TV Special, Free To Be You and Me. His work for film included Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Great White Hope, and The Jazz Singer. His other media awards include a Los Angeles Drama Logue Award for Evolution of the Blues and a Golden Eagle Award for On the Sound.

In dance he has received the Capezio Award, the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award, the American Dance Guild Award, a Living Legend Award from the National Black Arts Festival, the Heritage Award from the California Dance Educators Association, two Choreographer’s Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Dance/USA Honors, an Irvine Fellowship in Dance, the Martha Hill Lifetime Achievement Award, the Annual Award from the Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival, the Black College Dance Exchange Honors, the Dance Magazine Award, and the American Dance Legacy Institute's Distinguished and Innovative Leadership Award. In May 2008, Cornish College of the Arts conferred an honorary Doctorate Degree on him. On May 22, 2009 the Juilliard School awarded Donald McKayle an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts. On May 20, 2011 California Institute of the Arts presented him with an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts.

For his work in education, he has earned the Balasaraswati/Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching, UCI’s Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award for Research, and he is a recipient of the UCI Medal, the highest honor given by the University of California, Irvine. At the University of California, Irvine he has also been awarded the title of Claire Trevor Professor in Dance, an endowed chair, and is a Bren Fellow. Mr. McKayle has served on the faculties of numerous international forums and many prestigious national institutions including the Juilliard School, Bennington College, Bard College, Sarah Lawrence College, the American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and was the Dean of the School of Dance at the California Institute of the Arts.

His autobiography, Transcending Boundaries: My Dancing Life, published by Routledge was honored with a Society of Dance History Scholar’s de la Torre Bueno Special Citation. A television documentary on his life and work, Heartbeats of a Dance Maker, was aired on PBS stations throughout the United States.


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Doris Humphrey

 

Doris Humphrey (1895-1958) is one of the founders of American modern dance. She created a distinctive approach to movement based on the body’s relationship to gravity and the use of weight, and her choreographic works are considered classics of modern dance.

Born in Oak Park, Illinois, Humphrey was an avid dance student from a young age, and she opened her own dance studio after graduating from high school. She moved to Los Angeles in 1917 to join the Denishawn School and Company, where she performed and taught until 1928, when she and Charles Weidman left to form their own group in New York. Between 1928 and 1944, she choreographed and performed for the Humphrey-Weidman Company, an artistic collaboration that produced ground-breaking dances as well as outstanding performers, José Limón among them. When physical disability ended her career as a dancer, she became the artistic director and mentor for Limón and his company, creating classic works such as Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias (1946), Day on Earth (1947), Invention (1949), and Night Spell (1951). Her final artistic contribution, The Art of Making Dances, was published in 1959 and remains an essential text on choreographic principles.


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Elizabeth Waters

 

Elizabeth Waters former featured dancer with the Hanya Holm Company founded the dance program at the University of New Mexico in 1946 and continued to direct the program until 1973. Born in Salem, Oregon in 1910, Ms Waters made her way to New York City and a career in vaudeville in the early 1930’s. She won a scholarship to the Wigman/Holm School and danced as a soloist in Holm’s company, performing solo roles in the masterwork, TREND, as well as many other major works. In the early 1940’s, Ms Waters moved to the Southwest and lived for a time at the Zuni Pueblo, studying their dance and watching the preparations for the great Shalako ceremony. She spoke of going out into the desert to improvise and develop her own philosophy of movement as the essence of life. She created many works that shows her response to the Native American, Hispanic and also Hindu and Maori cultures. She created more than fifty dances and left an impression on dancers and students over a span of fifty year until her death in 1993.

VIRTUAL CONCERT GUIDE

We are looking forward to sharing this concert with you all virtually! We understand that it may be confusing, but we hope this guide is helpful. We are all entering this new world together!

How it will work

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  1. Performance Link- from "Repertory Dance Theatre-Box Office" or no-reply@overture.plus. This will come the week of the opening of the show.
    1. This is your ticket! It will include a personalized link for you.
    2. The link will take you to the performance page and you will be able to view the performance any time after 7:00 pm on April 23, 2021 (opening night will begin right at 7:30 pm, after it's completion, you can watch the performance on your own time)
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