Chopin — Mazurka in A minor, Op. 68, No. 2 (Orientale)

Reconstructed by Hortense Kooluris. A dance that embraces the Western fascination with "orientalism" and particularly highlights Isadora's concept of a "gypsy" dance aesthetic. In doing so, it is possible she was attempting to access a more powerful and self-possessed presentation of the sensual feminine onstage.

Notes

Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck

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

There is some suggestion of a traditional mazurka step pattern in this dance, which is also rich in emotional nuance and choreographic detail. during the second theme, the dancer suddenly draws out a wispy silk scarf, which had been concealed under one shoulder strap, and waves it flippantly. At the end of the dance, the little scarf is capriciously tossed over one shoulder.

Videos

Title Date Dancers Full Dance? Notes
Isadora and the American Jewish Intelligentsia 2000 Beth Jucovy Yes
Isadora Duncan's 110th Birthday Celebration 1987 Jeanne Bresciani Yes
Summer Flight 1983-07-22 Janaea Rose Lyn (McAlee) Yes
Open Eye 1983 Adrienne Ramm Yes
DFI Cunningham 1980 Jeanne Bresciani Yes

Related items in the Archives

The Collection of Christy Cornell-Pape > Programs > Isadora Duncan Dancers — Irma Duncan — — Dec 05, 1929

The Collection of Pamela de Fina > Programs > United Nations Staff Day Performance — Isadora Duncan Dance Group — 1979

The Collection of Mignon Garland > Programs > Mignon Garland and Hortense Kooluris Performance — 1971

The Collection of Mignon Garland > Programs > S.F. Duncan Dancers — Feb 1974

The Collection of Mignon Garland > Programs > S.F. Duncan Dancers, The Heritage of Isadora — 1989

The Collection of Mignon Garland > Programs > S.F. Duncan Dancers, Hotel Nikko — 1991

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 > Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company — Jun 24, 1978

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Riverside Dance Festival — Isadora Duncan Commemorative Dance Company — Jan 24, 1979

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Isadora Duncan Commemorative Dance Company — Nov 16, 1979

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Homage to Isadora — Madeleine Lytton — 1984

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

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Retrospective Isadora Duncan — 1993

The Collection of Janaea Rose Lyn (McAlee) > Programs > Summer Flight Program — Jul 22, 1983

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