Isadora Duncan: Movement From The Soul
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Duncan raised dance from mere vaudeville entertainment to a legitimate art form, laying the foundation for today's modern dance. The first American performing artist to gain worldwide acclaim, she dared to use her medium for political purposes: creating the first choreography to call people to arms, to express the plight of repressed workers, and to agitate for the freedom of women.
Set against the social tapestry of turn-of-the-century America and Europe, Isadora Duncan: Movement From the Soul is a study of a revolutionary and iconoclast, a woman who dared to defy Victorian mores through both her art and the way she lived.
Illuminating and gracefully crafted, the documentary interweaves the details of Isadora Duncan's tumultuous life with re-creations of twelve of her dances. Spanning the entire range of her career, these dances illuminate Duncan's personal and artistic development. Viewers witness the evolution of Duncan's early lyrical compositions into her later dramatic and politically motivated work.
An essential film for dance students and scholars, Isadora Duncan: Movement From the Soul is also appropriate for American studies, cultural history, art history, and women's studies classes, and will be of interest to anyone who wants to know more about this singular woman and her art.
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Examples of some of Isadora's best-known choreographies are performed by Lori Bellilove and Madeleine Lytton with a background chorus from the Oakland ballet. Lori in particular brings Isadora's choreography alive and makes you think that you have caught a glimpse of the legendary dancer and an idea of why she so fascinated audiences. Wonderful video... the dance excerpts alone are worth the purchase price. Highly recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this documentary. As a NIA practitioner I wanted to learn more about Isadora Duncan and her dance form. I was not disappointed. It was beautifully performed. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Zacnannie
I gave this as a gift. The recipient enjoyed it. She used it as inspiration for a dance she was doing.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great narrative and background about Isadora Duncan's life. Very lovely cheroegraphy of her works performed by contemporaray dancers. Read morePublished on October 27, 2009 by R. Woo