Scriabin — Etude, Op. 2, No. 1 (Mother)
Scriabin — Etude, Op. 2, No. 1
- Original choreography by: Isadora Duncan (1921)
- Premiered: c. 1923
- Categories: dramatic dances
“Mother” is part of a trilogy of dances that Duncan created around 1923 to the Etudes of Scriabin. It was revived by Irma Duncan in 1927, and restaged by Julia Levien in 1978.
Nadia Chilkovsky Nahumck
Reference: Nahumck, Nadia Chilkovsky. Isadora Duncan: The Dances. Washington DC: The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1994.
It has been claimed that this work, which came to be known as Mother, is a dirge-like lament for Duncan's own children—or perhaps for her own weariness. The "mother" theme is a familiar one in Russian folklore, which abounds with references to feminine personifications, such as Mother Russia, Mother Volga and Baba Yaga.
The dance is a masterpiece of simplicity, reduced to a single descending line in which the dancer progresses diagonally across the stage. Sinking to the floor at last, she extends one arm in a final anguished appeal which calls to mind Duncan's forlorn note to Victor Seroff: "Think of me & play Scriabin—perhaps you will be nearer to my spirit when the body with all its material nuisance is not there. There are a few inspired moments in life & and the rest is Chipuka" (Seroff, The Real Isadora, p. 429).
Unlike Marche Slav, this dance is not hortatory in intent. It is a poetical statement of bleakness implying crushing images of human loss.
The universal and personal images of hope, care and loss refer to both Duncan’s life and to the timeless relationship of parent and child. The movement itself pulls and heaves through the body, emphasizing the weighted approach that Duncan was taking in her choreography at the time. Like in many of Duncan’s works, the dancer represents both the mourner and mourned, the body and the spirit.
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