"Oh Woman, come before us,
before our eyes longing for beauty
...and dance for us.
Dance us the sweetness of life.
Give us again the sweetness and beauty
of the true dance..." Isadora Duncan
Isadora Duncan was a 'Dancer' by her own definition. She was outspoken and her life's work became a standard of modern dance. She rejected the forms of ballet that existed at the time, seeking freedom from corsets and dance shoes. 'Duncan Dance' was an art, not merely an entertainment. The waves of the sea and wind in the trees were embodied in her movements.
Her pupils were taught outside, in tunics and bare feet. Greek sculpture and literature were part of their education, but her schools sought to bring joy by fostering creativity, not imitation.
“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.
This is the mission of the dancer of the future.
She is coming, the dancer of the future:
the free spirit, who will inhabit the body of new women;
more glorious than any woman that has yet been;
more beautiful than all women in past centuries:
The highest intelligence in the freest body.”
Isadora Duncan had very controversial ideas. She believed in equal rights for women. Her sexuality was 'liberte'. She had a number of lovers, both men and women. She did not think a couple had to be married to have children. Her own children, Deirdre and Patrick, had different fathers.
Paris, Berlin, Vienna and the other great cities of Europe were homes for this artiste. She performed on stage and in private homes. She opened dancing schools everywhere she lived. She was a 'muse' for other artists. Newspapers wrote about her. Artists created sculpture, jewelry, photographs and paintings of her.Isadora Duncan is also remembered for the tragedy in her life. In nineteen thirteen, Isadora’s two children, Deirdre and Patrick, along with their nurse, were drowned in the Seine River in Paris. Her life entered a darkness that pervaded her work. In nineteen twenty-two, she married a Russian poet named Sergei Yesenin. He was almost twenty years younger than she was. He became a violent alcoholic and then had a mental breakdown. Three years later, he killed himself.
In the late nineteen twenties, Isadora Duncan’s dancing career was over. People began to think of her as a sad person whose best days were gone. She was seen in public many times after she had too many alcoholic drinks. She ran out of money, but continued to stay at the finest hotels. She had many debts that she could not pay. Newspapers carried stories of her “reckless” and “scandalous” life style.
In nineteen twenty-seven, her life ended suddenly. Isadora Duncan was in Nice, France. She was riding in a car that had the roof down. She wore a long scarf around her neck. One end of the scarf got caught in the rear wheel of the car. The heavy silk tightened around her neck and broke it. She died instantly at the age of fifty.
Ms Wild is on a mission; to get every woman to enjoy the natural dance of their bodies.