Gluck — Iphigenie en Aulide, Sicilienne-Bacchanale

Reconstructed by Hortense Kooluris.

Notes

Barbara Kane

Isadora Duncan’s version of the Dionysian Bacchanalian dancers is quite tame in terms of all that is written of the Maenads’ who danced in a frenzy of adoration for life and Dionysius. Hortense Kooluris danced this frenzy quite beautifully as a solo. Vine leaves and such abandon.

Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck

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

The dance portrays Bacchae in a wine-sated Dionysian revel. While it falls short of the bawdy, riotous spirit of the ancient Greek Kordax or Sikinnis, it does contain some strange romping, with the dancer strewing ferns about the stage and whirling dizzily to a fall.

Videos

Title Date Dancers Full Dance? Notes
IDIS 2017 performance of Bacchanal 2017-08-11 Yes
Bacchanale 2017 Yes
Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company 2013-2014 Season Highlights 2014 No
Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company Performance Highlights 2013 2013 No
Hortense Kooluris Memorial 2007-10-01 Yes
Hortense Kooluris Memorial Tribute 2007-08-01 No
Isadora and the American Jewish Intelligentsia 2000 Cathleen Deutscher, Beth Jucovy, Adrienne Ramm No Slow section to end
Bacchanale excerpt from Gluck's Iphigenia, Brahms Waltz Op. 39, no. 14 1991-06-23 Mary Sano Yes
Hortense Kooluris performs Bacchanale 1987 Jeanne Bresciani, Hortense Kooluris, Judith Ann Landon, Adrienne Ramm Yes
DFI Cunningham 1980 Yes
Excerpts from Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dancers No

Related items in the Archives

The San Francisco Museum of Performance and Design > Programs > Lisa Duncan

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

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

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

The Collection of Christy Cornell-Pape > Programs > Dances and Choruses from Iphigenie in Aulide — Isadora Duncan — Jul 06, 1908

The Collection of Christy Cornell-Pape > Programs > A Revival of the Greek Art of Two Thousand Years Ago — Isadora Duncan and Walter Damrosch — Nov 08, 1908

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

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Duncan Dance Festival — Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company — 1978

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Riverside Dance Festival — Julia Levien — Isadora Duncan Commemorative Dance Company — 1980

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

The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > Isadora Duncan Dance Group — 1989

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 Francoise Rageau > Programs > Odile Pyros Program — Jun 22, 1987

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