Schubert — Waltz, D. 924, No. 12 (Water Study)

Reconstructed by Julia Levien.

Notes

Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck

Reference: Nahumck, Nadia Chilkovsky. Isadora Duncan: The Dances. Washington DC: The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1994.

Classic in balance, symmetry and frontality, the dance clearly evokes water and waves. Motifs are built on the ideas of weight and flexibility, reflecting Duncan's fascination with "the law of wave movement" in nature. Endlessly flowing undulations, billows, swirls and ripples invite comparison with "Waves," "Splashes" and "Ripples" in the more complex Water Study of Doris Humphrey (1930)....

Walt Whitman's "In Cabin'd Ships at Sea" provides a perfect poetic description of the Duncan Water Study: "We feel the long pulsation, ebb and flow of endless motion / The tones of unseen mystery, the vague and vast suggestions of the briny world, the liquid-flowing syllables."

Sylvia Gold

Reference: Gold, Sylvia. A Selection of Isadora Duncan Dances: The Schubert Selection. Newport Beach, CA: Sutton Movement Writing Press, 1984.

This seems to be a favorite of many. Start the dance quietly, using little space. With each repetition, cover more space. The upper torso is loose and supple while the legs and feet move with strong precision.

Videos

Title Date Dancers Full Dance? Notes
Dance Visions NY Youth Company: Children's Repertory 2012 Yes Staged by Beth Jucovy
Water Study (Elisabeth Schwartz and Catherine Gallant) 2007 Catherine Gallant, Elisabeth Schwartz Yes Two versions performed simultaneously
Duncan Dancers in Mignon Garland's Studio Class August 1990 1990-08-10 Yes Students of Mignon Garland practicing in class
Duncan Dancers in Mignon Garland's Studio Class August 1990 1990-08-10 Yes Students of Mignon Garland practicing in class
Isadora Duncan's 110th Birthday Celebration 1987 Hortense Kooluris Yes
Gemze performs Water Study Gemze de Lappe Yes
Isadora Duncan Repertory Dance Company performs Water Study Yes

Related items in the Archives

The San Francisco Museum of Performance and Design > Programs > Isadorables — Dec 28, 1919

The Collection of Mignon Garland > Programs > S.F. Duncan Dancers, Human Rights Day — — 1975

The Collection of Mignon Garland > Programs > S.F. Duncan Dancers Centennial — 1977

The Collection of Mignon Garland > Programs > S. F. Duncan Dancers, 8th Annual Concert — 1980

The Collection of Mignon Garland > Programs > S.F. Duncan Dancers with Florence Atherton Dickey — Jul 1982

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Riverside Dance Festival — Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company — May 26, 1977

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company — Oct 23, 1977

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Duncan Dance Festival — Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company — 1978

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > The Dance of Isadora Duncan — Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company — Jun 10, 1978

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Linda Elkin — Isadora Duncan Dancers — Nov 05, 1987

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Isadora Duncan Dance Group Gala Ball — Barbara Kane — Isadora Duncan Dance Group — Sep 27, 1996

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > The Enduring Essence — Ligoa Duncan — Isadora Duncan Dance Group — 2004

The Collection of Francoise Rageau > Programs > Hommage a Isadora Duncan — Feb 02, 1986

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