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Guest Artist to Give Lecture, Performance Jan. 29 at UW

January 22, 2016
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Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba

Julliard School-trained dancer and guest artist Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba will present a lecture and performance Friday, Jan. 29, in the University of Wyoming College of Education auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public.

Ruvalcaba, a member of the Limón Dance Company, will present “The Artist as an Outsider” at 5:30 p.m., followed by a performance of excerpts from “The Winged” at 6:30 p.m. The events are part of Ruvalcaba’s two-week residency this month at UW, where he is teaching classes and reconstructing excerpts from “The Winged,” an original Limón piece. The UW Latina/o Studies Program and the UW Department of Theatre and Dance host Ruvalcaba’s visit.

A native of San Diego, Ruvalcaba joined the Limón Dance Company in 1996. During his tenure with the company, he originated roles by such noted guest choreographers as Doug Varone, Donald McKayle, Adam Hougland, Murray Louis, and Lar Lubovitch. He has performed José Limón’s roles in revivals of “Missa Brevis,” “The Traitor,” “There is a Time” and others.

He has been a guest artist in an American Ballet Theatre production and performed at various dance festivals. He also has lectured on the themes and choreographic works of Limón, and teaches the Limón technique and its repertory extensively nationally and internationally. He also is the co-founding director of the Higher Ground Festival that promotes artists in the Washington Heights/Inwood neighborhoods of New York City. 

Hailed as one of the world’s greatest dance companies, the Limón Dance Company has been at the forefront of American modern dance since its start in 1946. The company is the living legacy of dance theater developed by José Limón and his mentors, Do­ris Humphrey and Charles Weidman. Now in its 70th year, the company is renowned for its technical mastery and dramatic expression, and demon­strates both the timelessness of Limón’s works and the humanistic vision that guides the repertory choices.

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