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Isadora Duncan

A little about her life...
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Julianne Rotondo

on 15 December 2011

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ISADORA DUNCAN Born in San Francisco May 27, 1877 - Died September 1927 A Founding Mother of Modern Dance Gathering all of the little girls in the neighborhood and teaching them to sway their arms tothe movement of ocean waves. Her father a banker, engineer, miner, and connoisseur of the arts ended up losing the bank. Parents got divorced, so Isadora got a job to help with money troubles. From this childhood experience she went on to direct several dance schools throughout her career . "To Dance is to live. What I want is a school of life." Personal Life Modernism The government of Russia also gave Isadora a school. She was inspired by the Bolshevik Revolution and created one of her most famous dances, The Marche Slav, for the Russian people. She founded a "new system" of interpretive dance, blending poetry, music and the rhythms of nature. Isadora rejected classical ballet technique because she believed it to be ugly and restricting She gave birth to a more free form of dance, with barefeet, bare legs, and dressing in simple greek tunics. Innovations Develop and label a concept of natural breathing (comparing to ocean waves)
Define movement based on natural and spiritual laws Defending dance as a primary art form worthy of "high art" status. Develop a philosophy of the dance. Deemphasize scenery and costumes watching a dancer dance was enough. Duncan was the first american dancer to... Inspired By . . . Classical music, Nature, and Greek Art Between 1904 and 1907, Duncan lived and worked in Greece, Germany, Russia, and Scandinavia. In 1904, Duncan established her first school of dance in grunewald, a suburb outside of berlin. There, she began to develop her theories of dance education and to assemble her famous dance group, later known as the Isadorables. Visionary She was a thinker and she was gifted with a lively poetic imagination, a radical defiance of "things as they are" She was a theorist of dance and a critic of modern society, culture, and education. She was also a champion of the struggle for women's rights, social revolution and the realization of poetry in everyday life. Breaking from convention, she traced dance back to its roots as a sacred art form. Her ideas of free and natural movements inspired by classical greek arts, folk dances, social dances, nature and natural forces as well as an approach to the new American Athleticism; skipping, jumping, leaping and tossing. Family Life The Father of her second child, Patrick, was the millionaire Paris Singer who, for a while financed the school she had always dreamed of. Isadora did not believe in marriage but did have love affairs with stage designer Gordon Craig and millionaire (Paris) Eugene Singer and had a child by each. There Isadora met the poet Sergei Esenin and married him, despite her vow to remain unwed and despire the fact that he was fifteen years younger than she was. Their marriage was shortlived, it ended tragically when left isadora and soon after committed suicide. Her Children Dierdre and Patrick were tragically and accidently drowned in 1913 while with their english governess. She began teaching at age 6.
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