Modern Dance

Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Twayla Tharp

Isadora Duncan

Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) - Born in San Francisco California, she was a free spirit and the first to dance barefoot. Her form of dance was open & flowing. Isadora Duncan shocked or delighted audiences by baring her body and soul in what she called “free dance.” Wearing only a simple tunic like the Greek vase figures that inspired many of her dances, she weaved and whirled in flowing natural movements that emanated, she said, from the solar plexus. She aimed to idealize abstractly the emotions induced by the music that was her motivating force.