Brahms — Waltz in A major, Op. 39, No. 15 (Rose Petals)

Reconstructed by Hortense Kooluris and Julia Levien.

Notes

Julia Levien

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

About the Brahms-it happens to be one of the first Duncan dances I learned as a child from my teacher, who danced it with Theresa and saw Isadora dance it. Then I did it with Anna, and then with Irma, each one just slightly different, especially in the middle section, and then from memory of Isadora's picture in 1898 doing the 'Rubáiyát' with petals strewn on the floor and the body turned, arching over the shoulder. I realized that Isadora never threw away inventions of her past (as in the Furies and Scriabin Revolutionary Etude, yes, and Margherita Duncan telling me that it was really an encore dance, done with just received roses which she stripped as she danced.

Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck

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

In the version danced by Hortense Kooluris, too, there is tender warmth in the rubato stepping, which underlies the waltz rhythm. Expressive arm and upper body movements dominate. The quality of the dance suggests quiet enjoyment in an agreeable environment.

Videos

Title Date Dancers Full Dance? Notes
Janaea performs Brahms 4 and 15 2013-04-26 Janaea Rose Lyn (McAlee) Yes
Hortense Kooluris Memorial 2007-10-01 Reiko Morita Yes
Hortense Kooluris Memorial Tribute 2007-08-01 No
Isadora and the American Jewish Intelligentsia 2000 Adrienne Ramm Yes Group
Isadora Duncan's 110th Birthday Celebration 1987 Hortense Kooluris Yes
Summer Flight 1983-07-22 Janaea Rose Lyn (McAlee) Yes
Hortense Kooluris performs Rose Petals Hortense Kooluris Yes

Related items in the Archives

The San Francisco Museum of Performance and Design > Programs > Isadora Duncan — Nov 25, 1917

The San Francisco Museum of Performance and Design > Programs > Maria-Theresa Duncan — Heritage Group — Feb 24, 1979

The Isadora Duncan Archive Collection > Programs > Isadora Duncan in the 21st Century — Jan 20, 2017

The Collection of Mignon Garland > Programs > The Isadora Duncan Dance Memorial, 1952 — Dec 14, 1952

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Riverside Dance Festival — Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company — Jan 05, 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 > Three Full Length Masterworks — Maria-Theresa Duncan — Heritage Dance Company — 1979

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

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

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Starry Night — Barbara Kane — Dec 20, 1991

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

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Ballroom Blitz — Barbara Kane — Isadora Duncan Dance Group, Moscow School of Music and Movement — Aug 04, 1993

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

The Collection of Janaea Rose Lyn (McAlee) > Programs > Isadora Duncan Dance Memorial — Ruth Fletcher, Mary Garland, Hortense Kooluris, Sima Leake, Julia Levien — Dec 14, 1952

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

The Collection of Janaea Rose Lyn (McAlee) > Artwork > Isadora at end of Rose Petals

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