Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Duncan - Graham (press release and tour report)

Leaflet of the Macerata date.
 Isadora Duncan (1878-1927) and Martha Graham (1894-1991) are two fundamental North American dancers and choreographers in dance history and Western culture. they have influenced and fascinated artists, intellectuals, singers and actors such as Auguste Rodin, Andy Warhol, Edward Gordon Craig, Liza Minnelli, Gregory Peck and Woody Allen.
Rosella Simonari, photo M.T. De Roberto.

Duncan became famous as a bare-feet dancer who danced in Greek-like tunics, while the second had a tremendous impact on the audience thanks to her dramatic style centred on the movement of the torso. The former has initiated what has been defined a 'Copernican revolution' with her notion of dance in open opposition to ballet and with her fluid and 'natural' style, while the latter has further developed Duncan's legacy to forge an innovative dance technique and a large number of choregraphic works, many of which are considered masterpieces.
Both of them were charismatic and independent women, both believed that dance should not just be an entertaining art form, but also a way to reflect on the world, on women and on the dynamics of the human soul.

 The lecture performance, created by dance historian Rosella Simonari, intends to celebrate these two figures comparing passages from their writings, passages that will be read by Maria Chiara Teodori with Alessandro Fiordelmondo's specifically composed music, and that will be commented by Simonari herself.

A scene from the Jesi (ancona) date, photo Maria Teresa De Roberto.
This lecture performance had its debut at the Libreria Labotto in Jesi (Ancona) on March 8th, 2012 (photos here); it was then presented at Il Pozzo in Macerata on August 2nd, 2012 (photos here) and at the Cingoli Dance Festival in Cingoli (Macerata) on July 5th, 2013 (photos still to be uploaded).

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