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Montoya 1 Sandy Montoya Professor Chapman Dance 36 5 March 2008 Mother of Modern Dance Isadora Duncan has been called "the Mother of Modern dance" for her role in transforming dance and creating "natural" movement. Isadora Duncan was a big influence in all art forms of her time. There were many things Isadora wanted to portray in her dances. Many of the events that occurred throughout Isadora Duncan’s life led her to become the person she was and helped her figure out what things she would put in her dances. Duncan was important for her time because she helped set a new type of dance. Her philosophy and values were a great contribution to her choreography and on her outlook of life. Isadora Duncan was the first to free dance from the many constraints imposed by classical ballet. One of Duncan’s main goals was to express a natural type of movement that classical ballet did not portray. Dances like Slow Mazurka, Revolutionary, Etude, Mother, and others had that freedom and natural movement and many more came after that. It would be proper to say Isadora Duncan was a revolutionary and we can thank her for what we call modern dance today. It would be important to give a brief outline of her life before getting anywhere else. Isadora Duncan was born in 1878 in San Francisco, California. Her parents were not of high level in society. They had many children and divorced when Isadora was very young. At a young age Isadora’s mother presented her to classical music. Isadora started dancing at a very young age. People around her saw her dances and many young girls went to her so
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Montoya 2 Isadora could show them how to dance. “Isadora was a quaint child, a strange mixture of practical common sense and worldly sophistication, and she was a dreamer like her father. The child loved poetry, beauty, and rhythm, and she hated reality.” That influenced the way she would choreograph her dances in the near future. Her childhood had been unhappy, not very pleasant, and was seen in her dances. Since the very beginning Duncan demanded self- expression without wanting to worry about rules and tradition (San Francisco Museum). Isadora Duncan had new philosophies and values that other dancers were not thinking about at that particular time. Since Duncan was not popular in America, she went to Europe with her mother and three siblings even though they got there with empty pockets and hungry stomachs. While in Germany, Duncan was introduced to Frederick Nietzsche’s philosophy. After being introduced to this, she soon started formulating her own philosophy of dance. In 1903, Isadora Duncan delivered a speech called ‘The Dance of the Future.” In that speech she “argued that the dance of the future would be similar to the dance of the ancient Greeks, natural and free. Duncan accused the ballet of ‘deforming the beautiful woman’s body’ and called for its abolition.” At the end of the speech Isadora said that dance that would follow in the future would become a religious type of art just as how it was
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course DANCE 36 taught by Professor Chapman during the Winter '08 term at UCSB.

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