Heralded Dancer Jennifer Scanlon Discusses The Moor's Pavane

For Immediate Release:
January 26, 2010
Contact: Lorenzo Butler
Heralded Dancer Jennifer Scanlon Discusses The Moor's Pavane

Described by The Boston Herald as "one of the Limon Company's great dancers," Jennifer Scanlon discusses the José Limón and Henry Purcell masterpiece, The Moor's Pavane, on Thursday, January 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


The play, choreographed by Limón with music by Purcell, will be performed during the Kansas City Ballet's winter season.


A sublime and human drama that captures the passion of Shakespeare’s Othello in a timeless portrayal of love, jealousy, and betrayal, the piece is set in the form of a Renaissance dance called the pavane. Limón distills the legend of Othello into a taut, one-act human drama. Featuring the noble Othello (called "The Moor"), the innocent Desdemona (called "The Moor’s Wife"), the treacherous Iago (called "His Friend"), and his sensuous spouse Emilia (called "The Friend’s Wife"), Emilia unwittingly provides the evidence with which Iago goads Othello to tragedy. Set to Purcell's music, their various passions smolder, erupt, and move them towards the inevitable conclusion, ironically contrasting propriety and violence up to the disastrous final moment.


Scanlon studied at Ted Shawn's Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and The Julliard School. In 1963, she joined the José Limón Dance Company for 21 years becoming a principal dancer in his classics The Moor's Pavane, Dances for Isadora, Choreographic Offering, There is a Time, and Missae Brevis. She was the Associate Artistic Director for the Limón Company. In 1991, she joined The Boston Conservatory Dance Division faculty and as one of the main reconstructors, stages 13 major Limón works, as well as on Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, Compania Nacional de Bailado de Portugal, Royal Swedish Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, among others.


Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Click here or call 816.701.3407 or RSVP online. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.

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