Chopin — Mazurka in C major, Op. 33, No. 3 (Line Mazurka/Peasant Mazurka)

Reconstructed by Hortense Kooluris.

Notes

Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck

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

A simple, charming dance which follows the musical format.

Nicolai Georgievitch Shebuyev

Reference: Shebuyev, Nicolai Georgievitch. Review of Isadora dancing in Russia. Petersburg Gazette. 1904.

The last of the Mazurkas was that in A-sharp major (op. 24 no. 3), lacelike, woven of soft, catlike, stealthy leaps; and there was a sort of caressing languor in her swaying movements that was at once feminine and maidenly.

Valerie Durham

The dance holds a male-female duality that challenges the dancer to embrace and express both qualities - first stern and weighty, then light and capricious. The sweep of an invisible cape ends in a series of heavy-laden stomps and presses to the side, which evolve into a flitting, arcing chase from right to left. The flirtation unwinds into receding balances with invitational gestures, only to rush forward to start the male-female courtship again. The center section features an ornate combination of dionysians and wrap turns that again fall back into generous balances side to side. The final expression of the male-female call and chase turns to the upper corner, facing away from the audience. The dancer slowly turns, hands on hips in almost gypsy fashion, to acknowledge the audience, flowing forward with a twist of the wrists that reach out, offering self to the watching and waiting audience.

Videos

Title Date Dancers Full Dance? Notes
Julia Levien performance 2005 Yes
Chopin Mazurkas and Gluck Mussette, S.F. Duncan Dancers 1991-06-23 Ann Cogley Yes

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