A tribute to pioneer Isadora Duncan



60 minutes

5 Nov


6 Nov


Since 2004, French choreographer Jérôme Bel has been portraying individual dancers in a series of performances. Now, for the first time, it is the turn of a dancer who is no longer alive - Isadora Duncan.
With bare feet, thin swirling veils and a completely new, free way of moving on stage, Isadora Duncan was a pioneer who, in the early 20th century, set a whole new idea of what dance is and can be.
At the heart of the performance is Duncan's autobiography 'My life'. With a mix of movement, spoken parts and solos, we meet Duncan's whole world of freedom, uncompromisingness and an idea of body and soul in harmony.

Dancer Elisabeth Schwartz began studying the movement world of Isadora Duncan as early as the 1970s in New York, where she studied with renowned Duncan specialist Julia Levien. When she returned to France in the 1980s, she presented Duncan's repertoire on stages across Europe. Today, in addition to being a performer, she is also a renowned teacher, passing on Duncan's legacy to future generations of dancers.



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Debriefing 5 Nov

Stay tuned for a conversation between dancer Elisabeth Schwartz and Kathleen Quinlan Zetterberg, former soloist with Anna Sokolow's dance company in NYC and one of the world's leading figures in the Isadora Duncan tradition. The conversation focuses on Duncan's work and is moderated by Zoë Poluch, dancer and choreographer.