“I believe that we are never more truly and profoundly human than when we dance.”
The José Limón technique develops Humphrey’s principal concepts of falling and recovery, suspension and succession, breathing and the dynamics of the weight of the body.
The principle and essential concepts of the Limón technique
Emphasize, explore, and develop principles and concepts.
Exploring organic flows during a fall and the recovery.
- Suspension and succession
Explores the suspension in a movement does not have final point. It is the point of the departure for the next movement.
- Dynamics of the weight of the body
Studies the interaction of the weight of the body in its different parts with gravity force. This dynamic is a source of energy to generate organic adaptable movements to any choreographic style.
- Expressive capacity of the torso and arms
Attention to many of the movements of the torso, chest, and arms to increase the possibilities of expressing human emotions.
- Flexibility of the spine
Develops the elasticity of the vertebral column to increase the possibilities of expression.
- Corporal conscientious
In the Jose Limón technique it’s essential to develop awareness of the sensations felt during a movement. This idea is not the external form of the movement, but how the dancer expresses with the mind, spirit, and the body.
- Body like an orchestra
Limón was thinking that the entire body is the instrument of communication with dance. Every part of the body is an independent musical instrument able to express feelings, intentions, and specific actions.
- Voices of the body
Limón also developed the concept that every part of the body has an independent voice which is expressed by movement.
- Clarity and simplicity
The technique emphasizes and eliminates the extreme effort and unnecessary tension that could interfere with the original intention of the movement.
Chantal is a very special teacher, who lives and transmits transmits her passion for dance. Her Lemon dance technique taught me a new form of movement and has expanded my mind and body. Thank you for your choreography and everything you give us every week.
Gloria, student of the Pablo Fornell dance school, El Garaje
I really like the Limón technique Limón teaches. I really enjoy this form of dance. “Curve, arch isolations, suspension, falling, recover…” It’s a fluid form of dance that allows me to release tension.
Alba, student of the Pablo Fornell dance school, El Garaje and Profesional Dance Conservatory of Granada
From Chantal Goudard we could highlight many things that make her shine in the field of dance. In the first place, I would highlight her extensive training in contemporary dance, a great connoisseur of the techniques that have built the dance path in the last century, she knows how to apply them in current configurations respecting their origin and always being attentive to the cleanliness of movements. Legitimate heir to the legacy of José Limón, she makes dance a vital and artistic manifestation that she manages to project both in her classes and in the shows she performs.
It is a pleasure to see her dance and it is a wonderful lesson in “pedagogy in contemporary dance” to see her teach from her technical knowledge, from her personal experience, from her attention to the problems that arise, from her correct orientations… clearing the field for that dance as an act of creation both individually and collectively takes place.
Carmen Pérez, coordinator of the Dance School of the University of Cádiz, coordinator of the Center of Expression and Movement “ALBACALÍ”