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I. Workshops & Lectures
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The Spiritual Art of Isadora

Workshop: Isadora Duncan, the matriarch of the modern dance, wrote at the beginning of the 20th century that “the dancer of the future will be one whose body and soul have grown so harmoniously together that the natural language of that soul will have become the movement of the body. The dancer will not belong to a nation but to all humanity.’ Duncan’s movement vocabulary, drawn from nature and inspired by ancient Greek philosophy, allows the participant to experience a freedom of organic motion, rendered in free flowing spirals, waves, arcs and breath rhythms. The workshop will focus on exploring and embodying Duncan’s inspirational movement and repertory with a focus on humanistic, uplifting themes such as hope and resurrection from suffering, the divine mother, and spiritual love. Isadora wrote, "I spent long days and nights in the studio, seeking that dance which might be the divine expression of the human spirit through the medium of the body's movement. Upon moving, she declared, “I had found my dance and it was a prayer. Each movement reaches in long undulations to the heavens and becomes a part of the eternal rhythm of the spheres.” Based on simple gestures and the natural locomotion of walking, running and skipping, the workshop is easily accessible to non-dancers, who can exalt in the playfulness of rhythmic skipping and hopping, meditate on the serenity of slow, simple walking to an imaginary temple of worship, or explore the undulating, hypnotic motions of swaying trees and ocean waves. More experienced movers can find abundant challenges in Duncan’s depth of musicality and emotional expressiveness, in the precision of her Apollian approach to form, and in the exhilaration of her spirit of Dionysian abandon.

 

II. Lectures (may also include movement workshops on same topics)

  • The Spiritual Art and Philosophy of Isadora
  • Isadora Duncan Technique: Pedagogical Tools for Cultivating Presence, Self-Integration, Organic Flow, and Community in Dance.
  • Isadora Duncan: The Revolution of An Artist in Russia
  • The Influence of Greek Art and Culture in Duncan's Work
  • Early 20th Century Modernism: The Influences of Isadora Duncan on Art and Culture
  • Eleanor King’s Northwest Spirit Dance
  • Eleanor King in Japan
  • Transformations: The Influence of Doris Humphrey on the Life and Work of Eleanor King
  • The American Influence in the Work of Eleanor King

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III. Reconstructions of Duncan Repertory (1905-1925) & King Repertory (1935-1973)

Mantell-Seidel is available to reconstruct the Duncan or King repertoire on individuals and companies with professional backgrounds and expertise in the techniques of early modern dance or for college and university programs performing in non-professional venues. The following is a partial listing of the original repertoire of the Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble, 1905-1925 available for teaching and/or reconstructions.

  • Schubert Dances: Ave Maria, Waltzes (Tanzes), Symphony in C
  • Chopin Dances: Nocturne in E, Waltzes, Preludes, and Mazurkas, Polonaise
  • Brahms Waltzes, Op. 39: The Many Faces of Love
  • Strauss Waltzes: Southern Roses and Blue Danube
  • Dances from the Gluck operas, Orpheus and Iphigenia: Dance of the Furies, Bacchanal
  • Scriabin Etudes: Mother, Revolutionary
  • Impressions of Revolutionary Russia: Dubinushka, Warshavianka
  • Eleanor King Solos: Air, Salutation, Northwest Spirit Dance, Roads to Hell, Mother of Tears, Song of Earth, To the West.

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