Schubert — Waltz, D. 924, No. 12 (Water Study)
- Suite: Dances for Children
Schubert — Waltz, D. 924, No. 12
- Original choreography by: Isadora Duncan
Reconstructed by Julia Levien.
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."
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.
|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|
|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|