World-renowned Limón Dance Company coming to Blair School of Music for two-week residency

Dante Puleio, Artistic Director
Dante Puleio, Artistic Director
(Photo: Kelly Puleio)
Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music will host a two-week residency with the acclaimed Limón Dance Company, June 20 – July 1, 2023.

The company is preparing for its upcoming production of Missa Brevis, to premiere for Limón’s 78th season, at the top of their national tour in January 2024. The program is a celebration of the 65th anniversary of the original work by Jose Limón, which debuted in 1958. While in Nashville, the company is also readying Kayla Farrish’s new work based on Limón’s El Grito (1952).

Join the Limón Company for an Outdoor Movement Class, Friday, June 23, 5:00 p.m., on Magnolia Lawn at Peabody College. Limón’s regular sessions at Bryant Park in New York City have become popular events and they look forward to bringing the same experience to Nashville. This event is free and open to all ages. The group will gather at the northwest corner of Magnolia Lawn, at Edgehill Ave. and Magnolia Circle.

“The Limón Company coming to Nashville to create an artistic work is a truly monumental step forward for dance in Nashville,” said Seth Soloway, Director of Blair’s Martha Ingram Center for the Performing Arts. “To have this critically acclaimed company not just pass through, but embedded in our community is a rare opportunity. There is no dance without music and, for music, there is no better place than the Blair School of Music.”

“Residencies such as these are vital,” said Limón Artistic Director Dante Puleio. “Artists have the opportunity to saturate themselves in new processes while engaging and collaborating with new communities; building bridges and relationships across the field, across artistic mediums and across generations.

“It has been 16 years since Limón Dance Company has been in Nashville and much has changed for both Limón Dance Company and Nashville. Seth Soloway and I have been working for a while now to bring this collaboration to light and I am thrilled to be part of his exciting vision of bringing more dance to the Vanderbilt community. I am looking forward to getting to know the city of Nashville again and introducing my company to the capital of Tennessee.”

Lorenzo F. Candelaria, Mark Wait Dean at the Blair School of Music, reflected on the broader significance of this partnership: “A significant part of our classical repertory is informed by dance or rooted in dance styles. Aside from the tremendous artistic impact this collaboration will have in Nashville, it should be the first bold step toward integrating dance more fully into the education and
professional training of musicians.”

Limon Dance Company
Limon Dance Company

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 20, 5:00 p.m. CT | Livestream Event: YouTube + Facebook
A conversation with Michelle Preston, Executive Director of the Limón Dance Foundation, with Seth Soloway, Director of the Blair School Ingram Center for the Performing Arts.
– Join us for this online event and bring your questions.

Thursday, June 22, 5:00 p.m. CT | Open Rehearsal
Instrumental Rehearsal Hall, Blair School of Music (2400 Blakemore Ave.)
– Go behind the scenes with the Limón dancers as they prepare for the upcoming tour.
Free and open to the public.

Friday, June 23, 5:00 p.m. CT | Outdoor Movement Class
Magnolia Lawn, Peabody College (Edgehill Ave. and Magnolia Circle)
Free and open to the public.