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Transcript of Isadora Duncan
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.