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    Evann Siebens

    778.960.8240
    evann at evannsiebens dot com

    Bio

    Evann Siebens makes media, performance and photos with movement. Her lens-based practice negotiates the human body as an archival site and the politics of the female gaze. She danced with the National Ballet of Canada and the Bonn Ballett before studying film production at New York University. Recent exhibitions and screenings include: Witte de With (Rotterdam, 2020), WAAP (Vancouver, 2019), Belkin Gallery (Vancouver 2018), Vancouver Art Gallery Façade Fest (Vancouver 2017). Evann recently screened a film at Lincoln Center in New York City and won the ‘Outstanding Overall Work’ prize at the Light Moves Festival in Limerick, Ireland. Her work from ‘A Performance Affair’ in Brussels, Belgium was featured on the front page of the International New York Times in 2019. She is represented by Wil Aballe Art Projects in Vancouver, Canada. Curriculum Vitae

Limón: Moving into the Future

2003 / 27 min / Colour Mini DV

“The American dance is not merely a style or idiom. It is a potent idea, and when its contemporary personalities retire, the idea will persist.” – José Limón, 1946

How does a dance company survive beyond its founder and main choreographer? José Limón is considered one of the major, founding voices of American modern dance, yet the Limón Dance Company has now been in existence longer without his personal leadership than with it. Limón: Moving into the Future follows the present company through rehearsals, reconstructions, new creations and performances while former company members pass their legacy on to current dancers.

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The documentary shows the challenges the company faces in maintaining their choreographic legacy while taking the next step into the future. The Limón Company is a prime example of how a dance company can survive and move beyond the death of its founder and main choreographer. The weight and depth of Limón’s work can be seen not only in the passion of the actual dances but also in the attitudes and commitment of those who perform them. The documentary shows the three faces of the Limón Company: past, present and future.

Former company members from the 1940s and 50s coach current dancers in There is a Time and discuss the magnitude and timelessness of Limón’s choreographic legacy. Original cast member Betty Jones reconstructs the Doris Humphrey piece, Invention, while new choreographers, Donald McKayle and Billy Siegenfeld, create new works in the studio.

Juxtaposing archival with contemporary rehearsal and performance footage, the film follows the company to the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival showing the final result of months of work. Led and narrated by artistic director Carla Maxwell, multiple dancers, past and present, are followed in their journey to exemplify the dance legacy of José Limón.

Produced in association with the José Limón Dance Foundation

Funding provided by

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation

Festivals & Screenings

UCI DANCE FILM FESTIVAL
October 2004
Irvine, California

PBSREEL NEW YORK
July 2004
Public Television Broadcast

DANCE CAMERA WEST
June 2004
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA

NAPOLIDANZA – IL COREOGRAFO ELETTRONICO
May 2004
Napoli, Italy
Shortlisted for Best Dance Film Award

DANCE ON CAMERA FESTIVAL
January 2004
New York, USA

HOLLAND DANCE FESTIVAL
November 2003
The Hague, Holland

DANCE SCREEN FESTIVALIMZ
December 2002
Monaco, Monte Carlo

Featuring Carla Maxwell, Donald McKayle, Betty Jones, Billy Siegenfeld and members of the Limón Dance Company

Collaborator: Mathieu Borysevicz

Broadcast on the PBS series Reel New York in 2004

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