The Isadora Duncan Dance Company
Performing this Saturday at Alice Austen House
Dear Friends of the Dance,Please note that our performance this Saturday at Alice Austen House takes place at 6:00 p.m. sharp. The sun sets a little bit earlier this time of year. The view from Staten Island will be lovely and this may be your last chance of the season to witness an outdoor performance.Saturday, September 226:00 p.m.Alice Austen House2 Hylan Boulevard at Edgewater StreetStaten Island, NY- 5 Donation
The Isadora Duncan Dance Company, directed by Lori Belilove, the pre-eminent Isadora Duncan Dance company performing today, will honor their namesake, revolutionary dancer Isadora Duncan, along with Victorian rebel photographer Alice Austen, both 20th century icons of freedom, in a program of dances choreographed by Isadora Duncan. The outdoor performance will be on the grounds of Alice Austen House, with a view that stretches from the Statue of Liberty to lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Verrazano Bridge. The program will unfold the life and art of the extraordinary dancer with voice-over narrations and theatrical vignettes depicting the early 20th century and delighting audiences of all ages. Bring your friends and a picnic blanket and/or chairs and enjoy an early evening of nature and dance overlooking the New York harbor. Suggested donation - 5. Tickets available in advance from the Duncan Foundation or at the gate. Call 212-691-5040 or firstname.lastname@example.org. In case of inclement weather, call 718-816-4506.About the ProgramThe Company and guest dancers will perform solos and group works from the Duncan repertory in their program, The Art of Isadora. Highlights include Isadora'sImpressions of Soviet Russia, featuring two group works set to Russian worker's songs as well as Mother and Revolutionary set to two Scriabin etudes,all choreographed by Duncan in Russia between 1920 and 1924. Solos and duets will feature members of the Company in a suite of Brahms waltzes entitled The Many Faces of Love and a selection of dances to the music of Isadora's favorite composer, Frederic Chopin. Don't miss this special event!
FeaturingLori BeliloveBeth DisharoonEmily D'AngeloMorgana Rose MellettMary StaubThe BeliloveablesEmma CohenLucy CohenRachel HerzogNatalie Perrotta-WhiteGuest DancersWhitney Belilove-Flores KemacSamuel Humphreys
Alice Austen (1866-1952) was one of the first female photographers in this country, and might be the only woman in America, with the exception of Eleanor Roosevelt, to have a museum, ferry, school, and street named after her. She shied away from the term feminist, but produced a set of photographs that taught women how to ride bicycles, and riding a bike meant removing the corset and venturing out, free in the world.
Lori Belilove and her company of exquisitely trained Duncan dancers have established themselves as the leading interpreters of the dance of Isadora Duncan, with recent appearances at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, Symphony Space, The Duke on 42nd Street, Highland Park, and the College of Staten Island. The Company tours nationally and international and has appeared in Florida, Chicago, San Francisco, and Arizona; and Italy, Russia, Hungary, Mexico, and Canada.
It is the mission of the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation to extend the dream, dance, and timeless spirit of Isadora Duncan through performances of the original choreography, educational workshops, and wellness programs that nurture the soul and lift the spirit.