The company makes its Sacramento-area premiere with two major works:
Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály wrote the glorious mass Missa Brevis in Tempore Belli (“Mass in Time of War”) in 1945. While on tour during postwar reconstruction in 1957, Limón was moved by the beauty and strength of the Polish people. He chose this score to choreograph a dance in homage to them. The resulting piece is a big and glorious dance, with 22 dancers performing to live organ and choir accompaniment. Limón originally danced the solo male role, which is in counterpoint to the rest of the ensemble (representing the Polish people). With such a large cast, local dancers will be auditioned and trained to perform with the company.
Recordare is a new piece created by the acclaimed American choreographer Lar Lubavitch, inspired by lost works that Limón created in Mexico in the 1950s. Heavily influenced by the tradition and imagery of the Mexican Day of the Dead custom, the piece is set to a new score by stage and film composer Elliot Goldenthal.