These videos on the Limón Project website are a response to the experience of observing as an outside-insider. I based my editing decisions on that which moved me or made me want to move.

The basic and all-important principle is never forgotten, that movement, in order to have power and eloquence and beauty must spring from the organic centre of the body. It must have its source and impulse from the breathing of the lungs and the beating of the heart. It must be intensely and completely human, or it will be gymnastics, and be mechanical and empty.

– José Limón [1]

The technical gymnastics of the editing process make the videos as much a work-in-progress as the moments they represent. The tripod remained in the corner and the camera in hand in order that I might move with the dancers or put it down and join in. Rather than edit out the unsteadiness, I have included shots in which my ability to be still became too much of a challenge. If the videos are viewed in order, there is the sense of a gradual release of control, as the desire to make an interesting video gave way to simply trusting the material that is there.

The videos – Breath, What we do and what we allow to happen, Movement as verb not a noun, Weight, and Onomatopoeia – are intended as poetic documents that somehow reflect the richness and currency of Limón’s touch.

Gemma Donohue, December 2011

Suggested citation for this page:
Stanton, Erica, Simon Ellis, Gemma Donohue & Lil Boyce (2012). ‘Limón Project: Video.’ Retrieved <insert date>, from


[1] Limón, José (1953), in Fernando, P (ed.) ‘On Dance’ in 7 arts, NY: Permabooks, 57-63