Lori Belilove & Isadora Duncan
Local children perform Revolutionary Etude by Isadora Duncan, restaged by
Parkway Trees, outside
Lori Belilove's direct lineage and prestigious performing career have earned her an international reputation as the premier interpreter and ambassador of the dance of Isadora Duncan. As a third generation Duncan dancer, Belilove is considered the living embodiment of Duncan’s grace, power, and mastery of weight.
As the resident dance company of The Isadora Duncan Foundation, Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company create and perform Duncan masterworks that highlight Duncan’s repertory, ranging from the early, lyrical dances, to the heroic group works to the later tragic solos, all with a purity of style and execution of movement hailed by the international press. Breathing new life into Duncan’s legendary solos and group works through public performances and residencies, the Company is dedicated to nurturing creative new choreography while keeping Duncan’s original works alive as priceless jewels of American modern dance.
During workshops with Belilove, local children from Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center (GBDC) and The Philadelphia Dance Academy (PDA) were selected to perform. Special thanks to GBDC and PDA for their participation in these Duncan workshops.
Known as the “Mother of Modern Dance,” Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) revolutionized the world of dance, rejecting the formal language of ballet to forge a new art form of modern movement. Her influence spread from America to Europe and Russia. A California native, she shed the corsets, petticoats, and heavy skirts of her day to perform in a free-flowing tunic like a glorious, bare-footed Greek statue come to life coupled with the high ideals of ancient Greece: beauty, philosophy, and humanity.
Lori Belilove, Artistic Director
The Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation & Company
Staging/repertory copyright 2018. All rights reserved.
Performers: Lucy Bisson, Lucia DeCesare, Natalie Margasak, Chase Sanjenis, Savanna Wiley, Gemma Young
Photo: Vladimir Lupovsky