Isadora Duncan

(1997 words)
  • Alexandra Carter

Isadora Duncan is today remembered as much for her politically radical and scandalous life as she is for her pioneering contribution to the establishment of modern dance as a respected art form. She left no direct heritage in terms of an extant dance repertoire or a codified dance technique and such images as have come down to us are hazy, for the many representations of Duncan in movement are either in words or are in static visual form. Popular images of Duncan dancing tend to be drawn from secondary sources such as biographical films or from the ballet based on her life, Isadora, choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan in1980. Nevertheless, if the hyperbolic critical reception of her contemporaries and the romantic, self-…

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Carter, Alexandra. "Isadora Duncan". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 January 2006
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