April 7, 2010 > The Life and Legacy of Isadora Duncan
The Life and Legacy of Isadora Duncan
By Patsy Ledbetter
Lois Flood, solo dancer and founder of Diablo Dance will perform at the Fremont Library on Saturday, April 10 at 2 p.m. Her program is called "The Life and Legacy of Isadora Duncan." She will present a short introduction about Isadora and demonstrate her early, lyrical, and dramatic dances to the glorious sounds of Chopin, Shubert and Brahms. This is guaranteed to be a fast paced, enjoyable, entertaining program that is sure to delight young and old alike. The program will take place in a large lecture hall in the Fremont Library that seats at least 100 people.
Lois has spent many years studying an American icon, Isadora Duncan who influenced the 20th century art world and has more books written about her life than any other American woman. Isadora was born in San Francisco and raised by her mother after her father abandoned the family when she was quite young. She grew up in Oakland and studied dance in England and France. She combined her love of her native California with her interest in Greek Sculpture and created a unique form of classical, aesthetic modern dance. She rejected ballet slippers and tutus and chose long, flowing garments instead. Isadora has often been called "the mother of modern dance." Her movements were simple and natural.
It is Lois' desire that the audience will understand that Isadora Duncan is a part of our California history. She influenced world dance, art and the feminist movement. Lois says, "The dances the audience will see are so expressive and natural looking that everyone watching will feel like participating themselves." Her program will also feature discussion on some of the most influential artists of Isadora's time. Two of the artists highlighted are: Stanislavsky, a famous Russian actor, as well as Rodin, a well-known sculptor. Lois will wear a beautiful hand made silk tunic with an over-skirt to perform the dances in. This event is sure to be one that will dazzle and delight any and all admirers within the world of art.
The Life and Times of Isadora Duncan
Saturday, April 10
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont