Isadora Duncan was an American dancer whose creation of an expressive
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Isadora Duncan was an American dancer, whose creation of an expressive dance style based on the ancient Greeks laid the foundations for the modern dancers of the twentieth century.
Isadora Duncan was born Dora Angela Duncan in Sanfrancisco, California, 1877. Isadora's parents were divorced shortly after her birth, and her poor but romantic mother filled her children with the sounds of music and notions of uncoventuality.
Isadora showed an early talent for dance and left school at the age of ten to teach dancing. In 1898 Isadora went with her mother to New York City where she joined August Daly's theatre company as both actor and dancer.
In 1900 Isadora made her debut in London, England where she became interested in recreating the way she felt the Greeks danced, and by 1902 she was performing her own dances and had opened a dance school in Berlin, Germany.
Isadora's movements were said to be "free, flowing movements expressive of inner emotion and inspired by natural phenomenon such as waves and winds, she was fascinated by the Greek ideals of human form and beauty."
From Viewing various pictures of Isadora Duncan I feel it safe to say that she usually performed in a tunic with her fett, arms and legs bare with her long hair unbound.
When Isadora first introduced her style of dance in America she met with strong opposition. The people were used to the rigid and upright classical ballets from Europe, Isadora’s style was then revolutionary to the world to and she made a definite change to the way people viewed the ever changing and ever growing world of dance.
Her beliefs about her art also gave rise to a new type of dance known as interpretive dancing. Among the choreographers she influenced were the Americans Ruth St Denis and Ted Shawn, who organised the Denishawn School of Dancing and the Denishawn Dance Company.
Isadora had two children and one was the heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune but tradedy struck as both her children drowned when their car rolled into the water. In the following years Isadora moved around a lot from the U.S.A, to South Africa, Sanfrancisco and Athens, Greece. Teaching and dancing everywhere she travelled. Isadora caused both good and bad publicity.
Isadora Duncan died in Nice, Paris as dramatically as she had lived, when her long elegant Grecian scarf got caught in the spokes of one of the wheels on her car snapping her neck like a twig, and although her influence on dance and the arts is debated, to some in her day Isadora Duncan is one of the greatest spirit's that ever graced this world with it's presence.
Isadora Duncan's dancing is said to have been highly improvisatory and her autobiography, My Life, was published in 1927.
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