“If modern dance were a house,” Paul Taylor wrote in his autobiography Private Domain, “its mama and papa would be Graham and Limón. Though on good terms, they are in no sense married. . . . José prefers that dance be open, outward, and up. El Greco and Bach are his ideals. Martha is fond of inner landscapes and chooses to use modern composers.” But whatever their differences, Taylor writes, both were committed “to the one art form other than jazz that can be called truly American.” Modern Dance! José Limón, born in Mexico in 1908, was an important choreographic force in America until his death in 1972. Just as Alvin Ailey’s signature masterpiece is Revelations, Limón’s is The Moor’s Pavane (1949), based on Shakespeare’s play Othello. The Limón Dance Company, now led by Dante Puleio, is streaming a digital spring season from the stage of the Joyce Theater. The program includes The Moor’s Pavane, the classic There Is a Time (1956), and Chafin Seymour’s Suite Donuts (2020). —L.J.
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