Friday, February 11, 2011

Isadora Duncan- Pioneer of Modern Dance



Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) is generally viewed as the originator of the Modern Dance movement. She rejected the techniques of ballet in favour of more natural, emotive and free-flowing movements. She established several influential dance schools.

Rejecting the tight outfits and dance pumps of ballet, she and her pupils danced in loose-fitting Grecian style tunics and bare feet. Isadora Duncan might not have been the first professional dancer in Europe or America to dance bare foot, but under her influence, this became standard practice in modern dance. Her work challenged the assumption that everything needs to be done with shoes on. That is the kind of thinking that this blog is about.

3 comments:

Sandro said...

It's something that flew in the air of the time: there are pictures of barefooted people (both men and women) on beach dated from the early 20th century, absolutely incredible just a couple of decades before. Yet it was Duncan's dancing shoeless that shocked the audiences first of all. It seems even more surprising that shoeless balls had been in fashion much earlier, in 1790s' France.

Celestial Fundy said...

Those were changing times.

Though it took a few more decades to reach times when people go barefoot in the office or wear sandals on all occasions.

Sandro said...

And even more to start thinking shoes-off in other people's homes