Scriabin — Etude, Op. 8, No. 12 (Revolutionary)
Scriabin — Etude, Op. 8, No. 12
- Original choreography by: Isadora Duncan (1921)
- Premiered: c. 1923
- Categories: dramatic dances
“Revolutionary” is part of a trilogy of dances that Duncan created around 1923 to the Etudes of Scriabin.
Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck
Reference: Nahumck, Nadia Chilkovsky. Isadora Duncan: The Dances. Washington DC: The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1994.
It is truly amazing that in one, brief dance, a single human body can portray the terrible logic of directed anger as an antidote to curdling pain—an explosive finale to restrained endurance.
From the first rebellious outcry through trembling emotional intensity to the ultimate defiant thrust of a clenched fist, we are reminded that tyranny begets violence. Evocative power in this dance resonates with the truth found in America's Declaration of Independence—that when a governing body becomes oppressive "it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it."
First presented in 1921, four years after the Russian Revolution, this choreographic gem conveyed the emotional power of tradition-shattering conflict—an unmistakable call to action. This is a difficult dance to perform, since, to retain its compelling force, each interpreter must penetrate the union of theme and emotional vitality. Anything less would result in the reduction of the original masterpiece to a parade of diminishing likenesses reminiscent of a set of matrioshka dolls.
This work contains an explosive power originally created as a depiction of the struggles of the Russian people as they moved towards communist ideology. The pounding fists and silent screams, the repetitive actions of forced labor and the final call to action retains the power to translate to any voice seeking to be heard and recognized.
|Lori coaching The Revolutionary||2010||Lori Belilove||No||In rehearsal, coached by Lori Belilove|
|Catherine Gallant performs three Scriabin Etudes||2009||Catherine Gallant||Yes|
|Isadora and the American Jewish Intelligentsia||2000||Adrienne Ramm||Yes|
|Dances by Isadora: Mother and Revolutionary||1997||Patricia Adams||Yes|
|Duncan Dance Continuum||1995||Yes|
|Isadora Duncan's 110th Birthday Celebration||1987||Lori Belilove||Yes|
|Lori performs Revolutionary Etude||Lori Belilove||Yes|
|Excerpts from Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dancers||Lori Belilove||No|
|Isadora Duncan Repertory Dance Company performs Revolutionary||Yes|