PORTLAND – The Limón Dance Company, one of the most enduring and influential ensembles in contemporary dance, will mark the 100th anniversary of founder José Limón’s birth with a performance Feb. 27 at Merrill Auditorium.

Three of the legendary choreographer’s signature works – “Dances for Isadora,” “The Traitor” and “Psalm” – will be presented beginning at 7:30 p.m.

For more than 60 years, dancers of the pioneering Limón company have been acclaimed for their dramatic expression, technical mastery and expansive movement.

Limón, a modern dance icon, has been hailed by the Boston Globe for creating gorgeous movement “imbued with a sense of heartfelt humanity and integrity … exquisitely beautiful and impeccably crafted.”

Intermediate-level dancers are invited to participate in a dance master class with Carla Maxwell, artistic director of the Limón company, at Portland Arts and Technology High School from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26. For cost and other details, call 773-3150.

Limón Dance Company ticketholders are invited to a free screening of the award-winning film “Limón: A Life Beyond Words” at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Merrill Auditorium rehearsal hall. The poetic documentary will be introduced by the Portland Ballet Company’s Vanessa Beyland, who formerly worked with the Limón Dance Company in New York.

Tickets to the PCA performance are $42, $38 and $30; $15 for students. Tickets are available through PortTix, the Merrill Auditorium box office; by calling 842-0800; and at pcagreatperformances.org. Information about group rates is available through the PCA Web site or by calling 773-3150.


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