I had the rare experience of accompanying Lori Belilove and her dancers on a rare pilgrimage to Athens, Greece, the spiritual homeland of Isadora Duncan. I wrote the following piece for Dance Teacher Magazine's July 2017 issue, which also featured my photos fro the trip. Below is an excerpt. Read the original piece on DanceTeacher.com.
In celebration of Isadora Duncan's 140th birthday, Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company will perform at The Joyce Theater Monday, June 19 at 7:30 pm. New York City Ballet's Sara Mearns will be featured as a guest artist.
Mearns will star in the Duncan solo Narcissus, her debut with the company. For more information about the one-time performance visit, here.
Photographer Rose Eichenbaum recently spent time with Belilove and her company. Read Eichenbaum's experience documenting Belilove's ongoing research and devotion to carrying on the legacy of Isadora Duncan's work:
In 2000 I attended a concert by Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company. On the program were a number of Duncan's original dances. What a revelation to learn that they had not died with her when she was tragically killed in a 1927 automobile accident at age 50. I found Belilove's restored Duncan works remarkable, given that there are no films of Isadora performing or written descriptions of her choreography in existence. How did she do it?
A few days later I met with Belilove at her studio, where I learned of her amazing journey to preserve the Duncan legacy. Her first 25 years of work were spent studying with two of Duncan's adopted daughters, Irma and Anna Duncan, and her disciples Mignon Garland, Hortense Kooluris and Julia Levien, who served as a living repository of Isadora's choreographed dances and movement technique. "Through them," she explained, "in oral tradition, I pieced together Isadora's body of work."