Probably Jose Limon’s most famous work, The Moor’s Pavane (created in 1949) is the story of ‘Othello’ enacted within the framework of a courtly dance. Jose Limon was a tall, gaunt and powerfully built man . He was a strong presence on stage. He moved his El Greco body within a technique which was quite stretched and elongated. He worked with other accomplished and beautiful dancers like the petite Pauline Koner.
Lindsay Kemp and I were reminiscing about Jose Limon. Lindsay mentioned’ that little dark dancer’ (Pauline Koner) and I mentioned Limon’s verbal elequence (English was not his first language) while Lindsay remembered his ability to curse. Nureyev later danced the Limon role, but the role was not suited to a ballet technique.