The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) would like to congratulate Colin Connor on his announcement of succession as new artistic director of The José Limón Dance Foundation in New York. Connor will succeed Carla Maxwell as the fifth artistic director on July 1, 2016. He has performed as a soloist with the Limón Company for over eight years and is the first man since founder José Limón to hold the position of artistic director in the Foundation’s 70 year history.
Connor began his relationship with The José Limón Dance Foundation back in 2008 as a choreographer in residency at MANCC. MANCC provided the opportunity for Connor to work with the Limón Dance Company for the first time during a Free to Rep residency. The Limón Dance Company focused on movement and choreographic exploration with Connor, Ellen Cornfield and Neta Pulvermacher, who had not previously been commissioned by Limón. These three participating choreographers were selected from a competitive proposal and review process. The primary goal of the program was to encourage artistic exploration in a supportive environment void of the usual time and financial constraints surrounding many commissioning structures, giving the company support for developing new work alongside their ongoing reconstruction efforts.
The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), at the FSU School of Dance, is a choreographic research and development center whose mission is to raise the value of the creative process in dance.