Yet, Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) was much more than the legend who died so tragically when her scarf became entangled in the open-spoked wheel of a Bugatti where it quickly pulled taut, then snapped her neck. She was a free-spirit and free-thinker, and more importantly, she was consumed with dance, beauty, and teaching. Duncan was instrumental to the development of dance, rejecting the rigid technique of ballet for innovation, and is sometimes referred to as the “mother of modern dance.”
She “followed [her] fantasy and improvised, teaching any pretty thing that came into [her] head” (Isadora Duncan, My Life) and founded the “New System of interpretative dance, blending together poetry, music, and the rhythms of nature” (Lkwdpl.org)
There are many who think, apparently, that life is a series of extremely boring habits which they call virtues. I do not believe in putting chains and a padlock on life. Life is an experience, an adventure. It is an expression. (Isadora Duncan)
Author and actress Kres Mersky celebrates the life of Isadora in her one hour play, available for viewing at the Altadena Library on March 15th. Merksy has performed in film, theater, and television. She was nominated by the Taper Forum for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in Playwriting.
“Make way for Kres Mersky! She is a talent of major proportions.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
Isadora Duncan: A Unique Recital
Friday, March 15th, 7 p.m.
Altadena Public Library, the Community Room
600 E. Mariposa St., Altadena 91001