I hope you are well today! I recently hosted Women:Kind, a wellness day at Dance 4, the international center for dance and choreography, based in The Midlands in the UK. Thank you to everyone who came, it was a lovely day! (There are one or two event photos at the end of this article.)
I visited the center several times in preparation for the event and on each occasion, I encountered a lovely saying or quote from the dancer Isadora Duncan. I found her style and sayings beautiful and thought perhaps you might do too. And so, here below I have shared a word or two on her work, and some of her wise words…
“Angela Isadora Duncan (1877 - 1927) was an American dancer who performed to acclaim throughout Europe. Breaking with convention, Duncan imagined she had traced dance to its roots as a sacred art. She developed from this notion a style of free and natural movements inspired by the classical Greek arts, folk dances, social dances, nature and natural forces as well as an approach to the new American athleticism which included skipping, running, jumping, leaping and tossing.
Duncan's philosophy of dance moved away from rigid ballet technique and towards what she perceived as natural movement. To restore dance to a high art form instead of mere entertainment, she strove to connect emotions and movement: "I spent long days and nights in the studio seeking that dance which might be the divine expression of the human spirit through the medium of the body's movement.”
I have written lately, in line with my own growing interest, of the world as the body. Which is so fitting, because the theme of the wellness day we held for Dance4 was ‘connecting mind with body. My intuition is that not only are mind and body connected, and this connection important, but mind and body are one. That mind and body and world occur simultaneously as one expression of life. When considered in this way the body-mind is experienced as an expression of life.
It is to this sentiment that Isadora refers in many of her sayings. How wonderful then to discover her work and find for ourselves another artistic avenue from which to enjoy our ever-expanding awareness of the truth of things.
I hope you enjoy these sayings as much as I have. Perhaps, they will inspire you to bring the joy of movement and the expression of the human body, even more joyfully into your day.
"The wind? I am the wind. The sea and the moon? I am the sea and the moon. Tears, pain, love, bird-flights? I am all of them. I dance what I am. Sin, prayer, flight, the light that never was on land or sea? I dance what I am." - Isadora Duncan
"There are likewise three kinds of dancers: first, those who consider dancing as a sort of gymnastic drill, made up of impersonal and graceful arabesques; second, those who, by concentrating their minds, lead the body into the rhythm of a desired emotion, expressing a remembered feeling or experience. And finally, there are those who convert the body into a luminous fluidity, surrendering it to the inspiration of the soul." - Isadora Duncan
"Dance is the movement of the universe concentrated in an individual." - Isadora Duncan
"If we seek the real source of the dance, if we go to nature, we find that the dance of the future is the dance of the past, the dance of eternity, and has been and always will be the same... The movement of waves, of winds, of the earth is ever the same lasting harmony." - Isadora Duncan
I wasn't able to find a good quality video of Isadora on the internet, if you have one please do share it with us. Here you can view a little Isadora Inspired dancing from Lori Bellilove dance.
Event Photos From Dance4