Friday, October 8, 2010

Limón Workshop-Water Study

Ray Cook and current and recent Limón Company members, Katie Diamond and Ryoko Kudo are teaching a tech & rep workshop October 11-15 here at Peridance Capezio Center.

Repertory will be taught from Doris Humphrey’s early work, Water Study. Humphrey was among the 2nd generation of modern dance pioneers – Martha Graham and Katherine Dunham were among her contemporaries. Trained at the Denishawn school, Humphrey and fellow dancer Charles Weidman moved to New York in 1928 and founded their own movement technique, Humphrey-Weidman, which focuses on the theory and action of fall and recovery.

Water Study is a dance without music – the only sounds the audience hears are the dancer’s feet and breath. The piece evokes images and moods of the sea, ranging from calm to tumultuous. Because the success of the piece depends on synchronization and rhythm, it requires great subtlety on the part of its dancers.


Ray Cook, who is originally from Australia, came to New York to study Labanotation, a standardized system for analyzing and recording human movement. He was the first full-time notator of works by Doris Humphrey, Martha Graham, Jeff Duncan, Anna Sokolow, Paul Taylor, George Balanchine, Michael Fokine, Dan Wagner, José Limón, Gerald Arpino, Lester Horton, Norman Walker and Lin Hwai-Min. He has restaged sixteen works by Humphrey alone.

Learning repertory from Water Study under Cook is an excellent experience for any dancer – his re-staging will explore not just the technical steps, but also the imagery, motivation, and characterization given to the dancers by the original choreographer.

Select participants from this workshop will be invited to perform on December 5th at 7pm at Peridance.


Oct 11, 2010 - Oct 15, 2010; Mon - Fri

Technique: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Repertory: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

For more information and to pre-register for the workshop visit the website.

Take a look at Water Study!

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