Chopin — Prelude in A major, Op. 28, No. 7

Reconstructed by Hortense Kooluris. Variant taught by Riva Hoffman, possibly learned at the Elizabeth Duncan School.

Notes

Catherine Gallant

The Prelude, as taught by Julia Levien, was about the young person's search for the self.
A reaching, questioning, dance that moves with wonder into the diagonals of the space framing the
body and then stretching endlessly into the future. From the release of the torso and the thrust into space
the dance ends with a recognition of the present and the moment of being truly alive and open to new experience.

Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck

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

This is a reflective little dance poem, which for some reason ignores the pensive, shadowy mazurka rhythm in the music—a practice atypical of Duncan.

Videos

Title Date Dancers Full Dance? Notes
Dances by Isadora: Prelude 7 2014 Irene Lutts Yes
Julia Levien performance 2005 Yes
Isadora and the American Jewish Intelligentsia 2000 Beth Jucovy Yes Music played twice, dancer enters on the first repeat
Spiral of Life 2000 Pamela de Fina Yes
Isadora Duncan's 110th Birthday Celebration 1987 Lori Belilove Yes
Sylvia performs Prelude 7 Sylvia Gold Yes

Related items in the Archives

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Photos > Louis Craig Gerber Prelude

The San Francisco Museum of Performance and Design > Programs > Isadorables — Dec 28, 1919

The Collection of Christy Cornell-Pape > Programs > Chopin and Schubert — Isadora Duncan — Jul 29, 1908

The Collection of Christy Cornell-Pape > Programs > Irma Duncan — Isadora Duncan Dancers — Mar 13, 1932

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

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Isadora Duncan — 1908

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Riverside Dance Festival — Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company — May 26, 1977

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Duncan Dance Festival — Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company — 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 > Starry Night — Barbara Kane — Dec 20, 1991

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

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

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