Meet The Company
DION MUCCIACITO (Narrator) is an actor, filmmaker and visual artist. His latest directorial work, Panopticon, a surreal immersive dance theatre, film experience, was premiered at the Juilliard School in March 2022. Theatre credits: Shakespeare’s A Winters Tale (Theatre for a New Audience),Golden Boy (Lincoln Center Theatre). Education: Juilliard School’s Drama Division.
AMANDA KMETT'PENDRY (Guest Artist, She/Her) is a dancer hailing from Southern Maryland. Since receiving a BFA from the University of the Arts, she has had the pleasure of working with artists Madeline Hollander, Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey, Jodi Melnick, Adrienne Westwood, Netta Yerushalmy and the Trisha Brown Dance Company
DONOVAN REED (Guest Artist, He/Him), began his dance training at the age of 16. Soon after, Donovan attended college at The University of the Arts, awarded his BFA in 2016. He has trained at several institutions over the years, worked with a multitude of choreographers, and has been a dancer with A.I.M by Kyle Abraham since 2018.
SHAYLA-VIE JENKINS (Guest Artist, She/Her) is a dance artist based in Philadelphia. She spent a decade performing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Recent credits include projects with Christopher Williams, Moriah Evans, David Gordon, and James Sprang. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Arts.
Special Thank You
The Humphrey Foundation
Dr. Richard Sarason
Company Class Teachers and Musicians
DeVos Institute Of Arts Management
Lionel Nowak Trust
Jeremy Costa at Backward Clock Sound
University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble
Douglas Perkins - Conductor
Nolan Ehlers, Peter Nichols. Reed Puleo, James Stagnitti, Percussion
Amy I-Lin Cheng, Piano
Erik Contzius , Baritone
Patrick Burns, Recording Engineer
Ian Antonio, Producer
Program A (Week 1)
Air for the G String (1928)
Choreography: Doris Humphrey
Choreography: José Limón
Choreography: José Limón
Only One Will Rise (2022)
Choreography: Olivier Tarpaga
Program B (Week 2)
Waldstein Sonata (1971/1975)
Choreography: José Limón, completed by Dr. Daniel Lewis
Danzas Mexicanas (1939/2022)
Choreography: José Limón
Migrant Mother (2022)
Choreography: Raúl Tamez
JOSÉ LIMÓN (Founder/Choreographer, 1908-1972) electrified the world with his dynamic masculine dancing and dramatic choreography. One of the 20th century’s most important and influential dance makers, he spent his career pioneering a new art form and fighting for its recognition. Born in Culiacán, Mexico in 1908, he moved to California in 1915, and in 1928 came to New York where he saw his first dance program. Limón enrolled in Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman’s dance school and performed in several of their works from 1930 to 1940. In 1946, with Doris Humphrey as Artistic Director, Limón formed his own company. Over the next 25 years, he established himself and his company as a major force of 20th century dance. Limón created a total of 74 works, including The Moor’s Pavane, Concerto Grosso, and Missa Brevis.
DORIS HUMPHREY (Founder/Choreographer, 1895-1958) is recognized as a founder of American Modern Dance. She developed a distinctive movement approach based on the body’s relationship to gravity and the use of weight. The company she formed with Charles Weidman produced great dances as well as outstanding performers, José Limón among them. When physical disability ended her career as a dancer, she became the Artistic Director for José Limón and his company, creating new works for him and for The Juilliard.
DANTE PULEIO (Artistic Director, He/Him), a widely respected former member of the Limón Dance Company for more than a decade, Puleio was appointed only the sixth Artistic Director in the Company’s 75-year history, a position that originated with Doris Humphrey. After a diverse performing career with the Limón Dance Company, touring national and international musical theatre productions, television and film, he received his MFA from University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on contextualizing mid 20th century dance for the contemporary artist and audience. He is committed to implementing that research by celebrating José Limón's historical legacy and reimagining his intention and vision to reflect the rapidly shifting 21st century landscape.
LOGAN FRANCES KRUGER (Associate Artistic Director, She/Her) an Atlanta, Georgia native, received her early training from Annette Lewis and Pala Jones-Malavé, and went on to receive a BFA from The Juilliard School. Her extensive performing career has included work with renowned artists such as Shen Wei, Jonah Bokaer and Adam H Weinert. Logan was a principal dancer with the Limón Dance Company for 9 years, and was the Company’s Rehearsal Director for 4 years before being appointed Associate Artistic Director in 2021. Logan has taught master classes and workshops across the globe, and is a reconstructor of Limón’s repertory.
Who's Who in the Company
OLIVIER TARPAGA (Choreographer, He/Him), is a Lester Horton Award–winning choreographer/director of the African Music Ensemble of Princeton University. His work has been described as “unforgettable” by the LA Times and “extraordinary” by the New York Times. Since 1997 Tarpaga has conceived dynamic dance theater works, touring internationally and the US with major partners: including, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Harlem Stage, Joyce Theater, REDCAT, Crossing the Line Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Charleroi Dance Biennale (Belgium), and Session House (Tokyo).
RAÚL TAMEZ (Choreographer, He/Him), Considered one of the most prominent dance artists in his country. In 2016, due to his talent for choreography, he obtained the ‘National Dance Award of Mexico'. He has received numerous grants, awards, and funding to develop as a dancer and choreographer. His work has taken him around the globe to more than 36 countries. He is also a sociologist and producer directing his own Company and The International Dance Festival of Mexico City.