Isadora Duncan + Your Moving Body Politic
Updated: Jul 29, 2021
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“Movements are as eloquent as words.”
― Isadora Duncan
Isadora Duncan, born 1877 was an American dancer whose teaching and performances contributed to the liberation of ballet from its conservative constraints and foreshadowed the development of modern expressive dance. She was one of the first to elevate interpretative dance to the level of creative art.
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This AT HOME ART DATE is a chance for you to make a move.
(element one) WATCH how Duncan used dance to respond to the politics of the time through movement as a protest here.
(element two) LISTEN to a variety of national anthems from different countries on YouTube. Choose three. Take the time to get a sense of the political climates of each of these three countries.
(element three) DANCE to each anthem finding ways to express the political climate of the country. Create some revolutionary moves. How does the kinesthetic vibe differ with each anthem? Be inspired by Duncan’s words, “You were once wild here. Don't let them tame you.”
How does it feel to create a dance that honors and questions a nation?
If you resist doing this at home art date, do it anyway.
If you seek perfection, you will never reach completion.
Finished? Congratulations. Well done, artist!
Please share your dance with friends. Even share it on social media! Try always to share your art.
I hope you find Isadora Duncan + Your Moving Body Politic to be a compelling AT HOME ART DATE.
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