Schubert — Waltz in F major, D. 365, No. 34 (Petal Waltz / Tanagra Waltz / Reflection / Unfolding Petal)

Reconstructed by Hortense Kooluris.


Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck

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

There is a mere suggestion in these movements of Duncan's many references to "unfoldings." This study may symbolize "a love movement from the unfolding of which like the petals of a flower the dancer would stream as a perfume" (Duncan, My Life, p. 77).

Sylvia Gold

Reference: Gold, Sylvia. A Selection of Isadora Duncan Dances: The Schubert Selection. Newport Beach, CA: Sutton Movement Writing Press, 1984.

The Tanagra figure which this dance introduces, should be executed with great precision. The first part is very contained. The second part is more open.

Christy Cornell-Pape

This is a lovely lyrical waltz that focuses very much on gestural qualities throughout the dance. The beginning waltz movements feature a turn into a waltz with the arms opening up slowly, as if the arms are stuck together with strands of taffy. Following this series of movements, the choreographies speeds up with quick small jump turns towards the back of the stage that end in a series of hops forward with arms movements starting out gesturing to the heavens, and getting smaller to focus on the realm of the personal and intimate.

Taught by Mary Sano, Ann Cogley, and Christina Fessenden.


Title Date Dancers Full Dance? Notes
Dance Visions NY Youth Company: Children's Repertory 2012 Yes Staged by Beth Jucovy
Isadora and the American Jewish Intelligentsia 2000 Courtney Ramm Yes
Duncan Dance Continuum 1995 Yes
Duncan Dancers in Mignon Garland's Studio Class August 1990 1990-08-10 No Students of Mignon Garland practicing in class
DFI Cunningham 1980 Yes
Hortense Kooluris Collection 1978 Yes
Lori performs Petal Waltz Lori Belilove Yes

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The Collection of Barbara Kane > Programs > The Dance of Isadora Duncan — Isadora Duncan Centenary Dance Company — Jun 10, 1978

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