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A Triumph for Expression through Dance.
Isadora Duncan (1878-1927) Isadora Duncan an American icon who greatly influenced 20th century art world was a revolutionary, a pioneer and a legend! Often called the “mother of modern dance”, she was an artist and innovator who liberated dance from the confines of the ballet of her time and elevated it to a new art form based on simple, natural movement and the ancient Greek ideal. Read a fuller bio from the Encyclopedia of the American Left, “Isadora, a Radical Visionary”.
Ms. Flood has studied and performed with the second generation Duncan exponents, has performed at museums, colleges and theatres, San Francisco's Legion of Honor, St. Mary’s College, Danville Theatre, and has given benefit concerts for Peace and Justice Centers.
Master Classes are available
Programs can be tailored for most events
Through dance and story, significant events become impressionable, such as feminist achievements, historical and social celebrations, art events — all can have a stronger impact on participants.
We bring to you the importance of Isadora's Legacy.
Contact: Lois Flood
ISADORA DUNCAN — DANCER, REVOLUTIONARY, LEGEND
ISADORA was a Native Daughter, born in San Francisco in 1877. Influenced by the natural beauty of California, ancient Greek art and classical music, she created a revolution in dance — and in art.
She discovered the fundamentals of classical modern dance, a form that expressed her feelings, reaching to the depths of her soul, a true “Triumph of Expression”. It is that profound connection with the organic in the art of dance which makes her contribution unique, and timeless. Hers is a true “triumph of expression”.
HER FAME reached many continents, influencing Russian ballet, fashion and, through the freedom and strength of her art, women’s emancipation.
DUNCAN had become, by 1900, renowned for the expressive aesthetic of her dance, performing at many opera houses in Europe to sold out audiences.
TODAY her choreography will transport the audience to a time when natural, expressive movement was discovered anew, and accepted as an exciting direction for art and dance.
“The dancer of the future will be one whose body and soul have grown so harmoniously together that the natural language of that soul will have become the movement of the body. The dancer will not belong to a nation, but to all humanity.”
DANCE PERFORMANCE: “THE LEGACY AND LIFE OF ISADORA DUNCAN”
SOLO DANCER LOIS FLOOD interprets the historical choreography of Isadora Duncan. The performance may be from one to one and a half hours presenting these lyrical, dramatic and revolutionary dances. Many are no longer than four minutes, keeping the program moving at a steady pace. Included will be dance dances from Brahms’ Suite, opus 39, titled “the Many Faces of Love”; Tchaikovsky’s “March Slav”; waltzes by Schubert and music by Gluck; and dances that tell stories of Greek myths.
FLOOD’S costume, much of her own recreation, is similar to Duncan’s flowing silk tunic.
A GUEST ARTIST will read ancient poems at interludes during the performance, inspiring and moving for audiences of all ages.
“To express what is most beautiful and healthful in art”: this is the mission of the dancer.
Paintings by Jules Grandjouan
Lois Ann Flood
Lois has been performing the exquisite dances of Isadora Duncan for over 20 years. Her interpretations are widely recognized for their dynamic, expressive and dramatic qualities. She is also acknowledged for her sensitive and profound musicality as she creates visual music though movement.
Her Duncan dance studies include the great exponents of this generation, Hortense Kooluris, Julia Levien and Mignon Garland.
She has performed and taught master classes in NYC, Paris and San Francisco.
Lois is well known in the Northern California area, where she performs lecture/dance programs at theaters, museums and colleges.
Lois grew up in NYC where she initially studied ballet. She has spent many years teaching Duncan Dance to all ages and is the founder of Diablo Dance Theatre. Lois currently resides in Danville, California.
For more on Lois, her classes and her study and teaching experience, click on: MORE ABOUT LOIS.
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