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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Tuesday, November 4, 1969

Page Two

Limon Company: Not up to expe

hictations

-Daily-Richa
The C +onjutrort ' arrves
Stars Audra Lmildley and James Whitmnore prepare for last night's preview of Evan Hunter's
play, "The ('Conjuror:" Another lower-priced preview shpwing will be held at Mendelssohn Th
tonight, with the official world premiere of the play tomorrow night. The Professional Th
Program production also stars Catherine Burns. hunter is the author of "Last summer" and
Blackboard Jungle."
DAILYOFFICAL BULETI

By R, A. PERRY
There were two aspects to
the Jose Limon Dance Com-
pany's visit to Ann Arbor this
past. weekendl: verbal and visual.
Jose Limon, one of the great
dancer - choreographers of the
century and one of the more
important innovators in mod-
ern dance several decades ago,
has reached the age when he
finds it no longer obligatory to
dance in his own presentations;
he nevertheless obviously feels
some mandate to present him-
self before the audience in the
capacity of instructor-emcee.
There is some charm in this.
Looking like an ambassadorial
condor or a lanky Henry Miller,
Mr. L i m o n represented the
grand master who, in his wis-
dom and experience, still pro-
lfsses a naive wonderment at
those aspects of existence--i.e.,
the movement of the body-that
you and I in our infinite men-
tal lethargy have long since
taken for granted. At the lec-
ture - demonstration offered at
Hill Aud. on Friday night, Mr..
Limon describec how the "pall
descends" at age eighteen, how
our popular dance-hall gyra-
tions reveal Qur "splendid in-
comprehensible isolation," how
"most people can't swallow
e tern i t y; they'd choke to
death." Yes, indeed, there were
rd zee some fine one-liners.
But Mr. Limon made some
blunders as well. He said, for
instance, that "dance gives form
ne ilt to the ineffable." Fine, but as
eatre emcee he then proceeded to de-
eatre scribe what the audience would
"The see, would feel, and would think
in the very terms he said dance
by-passed. Not only were such
verbal explanations unneces-
sary, they were also tedious, re-
dundant. and simplistic. Mr.
Limon also tried to impress the
audience, both at the lecture-
demonstration and at the major
concert Saturday night, with
nt, eas- second-rate, nlonsensical art-
s a1es appreciation concepts such as
"we're discussing wv i t h you
n - yourselves," -and "the dancers
edut use their'bodie to explain your
1 to 4 bodies." Such poclamations -
which were inaudible to half of
nii'a. the auditorium-essentially de-
; ' n " mean the audience: one can say
irectr. ;with confidence that Mr. Limon
rhor, BA would not elngage in stlch do-
mlhers -4 cent efforts at a Manhattan con-
rnSi' cert. If verbal introductions to
the various choreographies are
it: Bus felt to be needed, they should
at Staff, be briefly inserted into the pro-
.gram.
Visually, there was much to
admire, but not as much as one
S N hoped for. On Friday night, Mr.
Limon had six of his dancers
run through variations of basic
-. _ movements: walking, running.
turning ("the language of re-
action") , falling t"a dancer's
02 Mon- discipline begins here"}, bal-

-Daily---Richard Lee

ations on the theme of Othello."
the dance matchcs Othello and
Desdemona with Iago and Emi-
lia: courtly dance forms are
broken by the dramatic exig-
encies of Iago's venom. Othello's
jealousy, Emilia's capture of the
handkerchief, and Desdemona's
death. It is a stunning. concen-
trated work where the tension
is effectively contained within
the ease of Purcell's music.
Clyde Morgan anced the
Moor, and while he balanced
stateliness and rage, grace and
palsy magnificently, one could
not help but feel that this fine
dancer had powers that the
work itself could never elicit.
Betty Jones, wlo danced Des-
demona in the first performance
in 1949, brought the same mel-
lowness to her part that Kath-
erine Hepburn brings to the
stage. She did not wraste or ex-
aggerate one gesture; almost
understated, she alone incor-
porated all artifice into art.
Louis Falco and Jeiinifer Muller
were both excellent.
A word about the accompany-
ing music: it was shamefully
inadequate. I do not know if the
fault lay in the tapes used or
in the speakers (I would guess

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all of the realism and effec-
tivelness of a drugstore transis-
tor radio. At times the distor-
tion level was unbearable and
certainly detrimental to any
appreciation of the dancers.
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ante, lifting, jumps, and meas-
urement of time. Most out-
standing in all of these exer-
cises was a dancer by the name
of Clyde Morgan; his agility,
his litheness, his seven-league
stride, and his coiled grace were
something to marvel at.
On Saturday night, four works
were presented and perhaps it
should be said at the outset
that they hardly represented
contemporary modern dance;
'ather, the works were all cho-
reographed in the late forties
and early fifties. Forms were
clearly defined and ideas readily
understandable.
The opening work,. La Ma-
linehe, divided into three sec-
tions with a coda: the sacrifice
of the maiden to the Conquis-
tador, the plight of the modern
Mexican peasant, the return of
the maiden's inspiring aid to
effect triumph, and a final re-
union of the three protagonists.
The dance is ebullient, though
with too Inuch vague gesturing
on the part of the Conquistador,
and the Inusic by Norman Lloyd
easily palatable.
The ext;laordinary bodily dis-
cipline that goes into a dancer's
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subsume discipline, that is, to
make the audience forget the
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tectonic basis. The three danc-
ers in La Malinche, Carla Max-
well, Daniel Lewis, and Edward
De Soto, pleased but never made
us forget their efforts.
In The Exiles, Limon pre-
sents, using the music of Sch-
oenberg's Chamber Symphony
No. 2, Adam and Eve immedi-
ately after the Expulsion. They
suffer, they partake of happy
remembrances, and they con-
tinue on their tormented way. It
is interesting that. the reverie
ends and torment returns at the
moment the dancers "portray"
sexual union. Louis Falco and
Jennifer Muller impressed on a
formal basis and in their de-
gree of involvement. The ideas
behind the stark forms were
explicit enough, and a balance
of idea and form was effective-
ly maintained.
The second half of the pro-
gram opened with the work
Night Spells by Doris Hum-
phrey. Three apparitions ap-
proach a dreaming man; the
dreamer captures and wins one
of the female figments of his
own dream. Dance aficionados
in the audience applauded the
announcement of the inclusion
of this work; I found it exquis-
itely boring.
The final work presented, The
Moor's Pavanne, to music by
Henry Purcell, was first per-
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