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LIU Post Arts Conference to Explore Collaboration across Disciplines and Cultures

Nov. 14-16 event will feature Limon Dance Company performance of new work by Cuban-born Grammy winner Paquito D’Rivera, Brazilian choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras; Limon Artistic Director Carla Maxwell will be keynote speaker


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University

Brookville, N.Y. – An international conference on collaboration and creativity, titled "Dancing Between Disciplines and Cultures," will be held at LIU Post on November 14-16.

Timed to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Limon Dance Company, highlights of the conference include a keynote address by the company’s artistic director, Carla Maxwell, and the performance by the company of a new work, a collaboration with Cuban-born musician/composer Paquito D’Rivera and Brazilian choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras. The performance will take place at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts Friday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.

“The focus of the conference is to explore ways that dance intersects or converges with other disciplines through cultural tradition and innovation,” said Dr. Noel Zahler, dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Nearly 30 speakers from Australia, South Africa, Chile, Europe and the U.S. are scheduled to participate in the conference.

“The conference seeks to stimulate interest in exploring ways that Jose Limón saw himself as a citizen of the world, and the company he created was the best of the melting pot that is the United States,” Zahler said. “Knowledgeable in art, music, and literature he collaborated with other artists in the creation of his dances and serves as an example of the rich cultural contributions made by the many immigrants to this country.”

Jose Limon (1908-1973) was called America’s first male star in the world of dance. During his heyday between the ‘30s and ‘60s, the Mexican born dancer and choreographer formed one of the outstanding modern dance companies of the era.

A wide spectrum of scholars and practitioners will be on hand to discuss the richness of Limón’s legacy and to ask how someone like Limón becomes the "citizen of the world" he ultimately personified.

Additionally, musician/composer D’Rivera will be present for performance of his piece titled "Come with Me" -- inspired by his composition "Ladies in White."

To register for the conference, visit The School of Visual and Performing Arts at LIU Post is located at 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, N.Y. 11548-1300. For more information, contact SVPA at (516) 299-2395 or or visit

Updated 10/24/2012

Posted 10/19/2012

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