Jose Limon (1908-1972) was one of the leading figures of modern dance in the twentieth century. Hailed by the New York Times as "the finest male dancer of his time" when the Jose Limon Dance Company debuted in 1947, Limon was also a renowned choreographer who won two Dance Magazine Awards and a Capezio Dance Award, two of dance's highest honors. In addition to directing his own dance company, Limon served as artistic director of the Lincoln Center's American Dance Theater and also taught choreography at the Juilliard School for many years.
In this volume, scholars and artists from fields as diverse as dance history, art history, Mesoamerican ethnohistory, Mexican American studies, music studies, and Mexican history come together to explore one of Jose Limon's masterworks, the ballet La Malinche. Offering many points of entry into the dance, they examine La Malinche from various angles, such as Limon's life story and the influence of his Mexican heritage on his work, an analysis of the dance itself, the musical score composed by Norman Lloyd, the visual elements of props and costumes, the history and myth of La Malinche (the indigenous woman who served the Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes as interpreter and mistress), La Malinche's continuing presence in Mexican American culture, and issues involved in a modern restaging of the dance.
Also included in the book is a DVD written and directed by Patricia Harrington Delaney that presents the ballet in its entirety, accompanied by expert commentary that sets La Malinche within its artistic and historical context.
PATRICIA SEED is Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine.
Acknowledgments Introduction: Jose Limon and La Malinche (Patricia Seed) Chapter 1. La Malinche: The Inspiration for the Dance (Shelley C. Berg) Chapter 2. Jose Limon's La Malinche (Patty Harrington Delaney) Chapter 3. The Music: Interview with David LaMarche, Musical Director, Limon Company and American Ballet Theater (Patty Harrington Delaney and David LaMarche) Chapter 4. Visual Communication: Props and Costumes (Carol Maturo) Chapter 5. Marina, Malinche, Malintzin: Nahua Women and the Spanish Conquest (Susan Kellogg) Chapter 6. Malinche in Cross-Border Historical Memory (Sonia Hernandez) Chapter 7. Jose Limon and La Malinche in Mexico: A Chicano Artist Returns Home (Margarita Tortajada Quiroz) Chapter 8. The Director: Thoughts on Staging Jose Limon's La Malinche (Sarah Stackhouse) Bibliography Contributors Index