To Untermyer Gardens with Duncan dancers!

Architecture & Design · Dance
The dancers trained in the technique and philosophy of modern-dance pioneer Isadora Duncan (1878 – 1927) already danced at Untermyer Gardens! Having missed both opportunities (first in 1922, then in 1932), I’m so grateful to be attending an update of this essential American modern-dance history on Labor Day weekend. That’s this Sunday evening at six ...

Gabrielle Chanel: friend, patron, artisan of dance 4

Dance · Fashion
I was intrigued to receive a note concerning a new four-episode series from fashion house, CHANEL, entitled Gabrielle Chanel & the Arts. A new episode of the series, which spools on the CHANEL youtube channel, gives a whirlwind-but-witty overview of Gabrielle Chanel‘s personal and artistic connections with avant-garde ballet. At the turn of the 20th ...

REVIEW: Sara Mearns’ deep dance-dig at the Pillow

Sara Mearns in Christopher Williams’ excerpt from “Daphnis & Chloé​” Being present for the career arc of a singularly distinctive and memorable dancer is a wonderful privilege. And it’s been a privilege to observe the initial 15 years of Sara Mearns’ career on our dance stages. Primarily, she is a leading light of New York ...

To the gardens! with the Isadora Duncan Dance Company

The Duncan troupe, which continues to frolic, reach, stretch, and place the human body in harmony with natural surroundings under the leadership of Lori Belilove (who studied with Duncan acolytes herself), has a very strong roster of upcoming events this summer’s end and into the autumn. One caught our eye. Maybe because there’s wine involved? ...

Osipova in premiere as Isadora Duncan at Segerstrom

How will the California-born Isadora Duncan be remembered 50 years from now? As the woman whose barefoot, Greek-vase inspired abandon birthed the modern dance movement? Or for her shocking, free-love lifestyle in Europe and Russia and early tragic death – decapitated by scarf while riding in a Bugatti sports car? To the uninitiated, and by ...

Go postal: use choreographer commemorative stamps

Architecture & Design · Dance
Finally. A great reason to use snail mail. You can smack a beloved choreographer right onto the envelope. Jim McMullan, the well known poster designer for Lincoln Center, created the images following a first lot of choreographer stamps in 2004. That group featured mini portraits of dance giants: George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Martha Graham, ...