Duncan Dance Chicago in London

In just 4 weeks members of Duncan Dance Chicago will travel to London to take part in the 4th Isadora Duncan International Symposium.

The Isadora Duncan International Symposium will make its first non-U.S.-based debut in London, from August 1 – 4, 2019 at The Place, a world-renown modern dance facility.

​The 2019 Symposium theme is “Stoking the Flame: Isadora Duncan Dance in London, 2019.”  Duncan practitioners from around the globe will gather in London to participate in a series of Master classes, workshops, technique classes, lectures, roundtable and panel discussions, and choreographic showings. Participants will also explore the city where Isadora and her brother Raymond spent countless hours dancing in gardens, studying ancient Greek art at the British Museum, and attracting the attention of  British artists and celebrities, including actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell, painter Edward Charles Hallé, and music critic John Fuller-Maitland. 

In London, Duncan honed the relationship between her dance and music, beginning the move away from literature and narrative and towards abstraction, a key modernist characteristic. Honoring this movement in dance from the literal to the figurative, Duncan practitioners will explore the following questions: How is Duncan’s use of music innovative and how are we preserving, teaching, and developing musicality in Duncan’s work? What is gained (or lost) in Duncan’s move away from storytelling structure, or as Peter Kurth notes, “away from a dance that told something–a story or a poem– toward a dance that rendered it?” How are we working with musicality, abstraction, and symbolism in our current Duncan dance practices? What elements and principles of Duncan dance are we honing in our contemporary creative practices, and how can we stoke the flame for the future of Duncan dance?   

​For more information go to https://www.duncansymposium.com/

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