Inspiracją dla nazwy naszego klubu była Isadora Duncan. Isadora Duncan jest uważana za prekursorkę gimnastyki artystycznej. Nie studiowała tańca w sposób systematyczny, lecz stworzyła oryginalny, niepowtarzalny styl oparty na własnej filozofii. Czerpała z nowych tendencji tańca modern, którego była pionierką. Widziała w tańcu wyraz wolnej myśli i radykalnie sprzeciwiała się ograniczeniom, jakie narzucał taniec klasyczny. Wywarła ogromny wpływ zarówno na całokształt przyszłej sztuki scenicznej, jak i na wygląd następnych pokoleń tancerzy. Odrzuciła klasyczną białą paczkę (tutu), zrzuciła baletki, tańczyła przyodziana w grecką tunikę, boso i z rozpuszczonymi włosami, co było szokującą innowacją dla ówczesnej publiczności. Jako pierwsza pokazała się na scenie ubrana tylko w obcisły trykot.
“… the woman who put the Modern into Modern Dance.” Jack Anderson, dance critic, The New York Times, 2008
“When we dance Isadora, we dance with the whole world. Our planet needs that.”
Alice Bloch, critic and dance teacher, Dance Magazine, 2008
“She emphasized the connectedness of body and soul at a time when links between human beings, their work, and the land were being severed and Victorian prudery shaped moral law.”
Deborah Jowitt, dance critic, Village Voice 1998
“What mattered in Isadora’s Hellenic dances was not the Greek themes or the gauzy costumes, but the uninhibited vitality, the sense of a glorious nakedness.”
Lewis Mumford, Cultural Critic 1905
“She creates, she poses, she dances. But not like anyone else. Oh, no! She would be a revelation to the star ballet dancer; she is no high kicker, or toe acrobat. She employs no illusions, no cunningly arranged mirrors, no beautifully multicolored lime-lights. Never was there anything less sensational than her work; it is severe in its simplicity…”
St. Louis Sunday Gazette Munich Dec 26th, 1902
Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) was an American pioneer of dance and is an important figure in both the arts and history. Known as the “Mother of Modern Dance,” Isadora Duncan was a self-styled revolutionary whose influence spread from American to Europe and Russia, creating a sensation everywhere she performed. Her style of dancing eschewed the rigidity of ballet and she championed the notion of free-spiritedness coupled with the high ideals of ancient Greece: beauty, philosophy, and humanity. She brought into being a totally new way to dance, and it is this unique gift of Isadora Duncan that the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation wishes to preserve, present, and protect.
Dancer, adventurer, and ardent defender of the free spirit, Isadora Duncan is one of the most enduring influences on contemporary culture and can be credited with inventing what came to be known as Modern Dance. With free-flowing costumes, bare feet, and loose hair, she took to the stage inspired by the ancient Greeks, the music of classical composers, the wind and the sea. Isadora elevated the dance to a high place among the arts, returning the discipline to its roots as a sacred art. Duncan shed the restrictive corsets of the Victorian era and broke away from the vocabulary of the ballet. Stepping out of the dance studio with a vision of the dance of the future, Isadora embraced artists, philosophers, and writers as her teachers and guides.
According to Isadora, the development of her dance was a natural phenomenon – not an invention, but a rediscovery of the classical principles of beauty, motion, and form. Her dances were born of the impulse to embrace life’s bittersweet challenges, meeting destiny and fate head-on in her own whirlwind journey, filled with both tragedy and ecstasy. She was determined to “dance a different dance,” telling her own life story through abstract, universal expressions of the human condition.
Shocking some audience members and inspiring others, Isadora posed a challenge to the prevailing orthodoxies of her time. Isadora was a champion in the struggle for women‘s rights. Many saw a glorious vision for the future in Isadora’s choreography. Her influence upon the development of progressive ideas and culture from her time to our own has yet to be measured. She has inspired artists, thinkers, and idealists everywhere.