New facts and findings about Isadora Duncan

New facts and findings about Isadora Duncan

Presentation of the new book by Elena Yushkova: «Isadora Duncan. The Making of a Legend» New fascinating findings of the people and circumstances surrounding the dancing icon.

What new can be written about the American dancer Isadora Duncan (1877-1927)? Interestingly enough that despite numerous biographies and novels about her love with Sergey Esenin, her art is not explored enough. The first in Russian language monograph by Elena Yushkova represents new materials gathered by the author in many archives, and her observations of Duncan’s legacy in different countries, especially in Russia and the USA. Perception of Isadora Duncan in Russia in the beginning of the 20th century, in the USA during the World War I, in the USSR in the 1920s, as well as the image of the dancer in contemporary culture – all these issues are covered in the book. The readers can learn something new about people surrounding Isadora in her last years, about her Moscow school (1921-1949), and to get acquainted with new sources not accessible to the Russian audience.

The book is addressed to dance lovers and Duncan admirers, to scholars of Russian and Soviet culture. There are many rare photos in the book; and some of them are published for the first time.

At the presentation, the author will tell about the process of her immersion into the world of contemporary duncanism and its pitfalls.

About the author:

Elena Yushkova, PhD (Candidate of Science) in art history, scholar of Russian plastique theater and Isadora Duncan’s art, author of the monograph Plastique of the Overcoming (2009, 2016), former Fulbright scholar.

Join us on Wednesday, June 19 at 7p.m. (in Russian)

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