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The early years: The heritage of Isadora Duncan
Kendall, Elizabeth, 1947- (Speaker)
Bardsley, Kay (Speaker)
Levien, Julia (Speaker)
Ross, Patty Kerr (Director)
Pennebaker, D. A. (Videographer)
Labeille, Daniel (Producer)
Early years, (1981 : Purchase, N.Y.) (Host)
State University of New York College at Purchase (Sponsor)

Early Years Collection

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1981-04-09
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 3546
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-950 cassette 43 (former)
Duncan, Isadora, 1877-1927
Duncan, Anna, 1894-1980
Duncan, Elizabeth, 1871-1948
Duncan, Irma
Zahn, Anita
Isadora (Choreographic work : MacMillan)
Content: For a printed program of the festival, see *MGZB The early years (1981 : Purchase, N.Y.) [Programs].
Content: Video documentation of the festival The early years: American modern dance from 1900 through the 1930s, hosted by SUNY College at Purchase, New York, on April 9-12, 1981, under the sponsorship of State University of New York, University-Wide Programs in the Arts. Festival director: Patricia Kerr Ross. Video producer: Daniel Labeille.
Content: Videotaped on April 9, 1981 by D. A. Pennebaker. Presentation on The heritage of Isadora Duncan by Elizabeth Kendall with Kay Bardsley and Julia Levien. For another recording of this session, see: *MGZIC 9-950 cassettes 8 and 9. CONTENTS: Lecture by Kendall on Isadora Duncan's life, career, and significance, particularly her role as exponent of a classical revival paralleling the Orientalism of Ruth St. Denis, and as a catalyst for a new approach to dance in Europe and Russia. She decries the film The loves of Isadora and Kenneth MacMillan's ballet Isadora for perpetuating an image of Duncan as an artistic and intellectual lightweight. -- Panel discussion between Kendall (moderator), Bardsley, and Levien. Brief gap in recording at about 40 min. into the tape; for the missing material, see: *MGZIC 9-950 cassette 9. Bardsley and Levien recall their studies of Duncan dancing with, respectively, Maria Theresa Duncan, and Anna Duncan and Irma Duncan. They compare the different methodologies of the three teachers, all of whom drew upon the technique developed by Elizabeth Duncan, and the stylistic differences that have evolved in Europe and the U.S. Levien comments upon the choreography in The loves of Isadora, and notes Isadora's great achievement in changing dance from entertainment to an art experience. She and Bardsley describe some special qualities of Duncan dancing, particularly its fluidity and phrasing, and its sense of humanism.
Physical Description
Extent: 3 videocassettes (U-matic) (59 min.) : sound, color ; 3/4 in.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12170855
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 69743590-3144-0132-49cb-3c075448cc4b
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The early years: The heritage of Isadora Duncan" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1981. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/833e1ae0-3144-0132-99f7-3c075448cc4b

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The early years: The heritage of Isadora Duncan" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 7, 2020. http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/833e1ae0-3144-0132-99f7-3c075448cc4b

APA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1981). The early years: The heritage of Isadora Duncan Retrieved from http://digital.gallery.nypl.org/items/833e1ae0-3144-0132-99f7-3c075448cc4b

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The early years: The heritage of Isadora Duncan