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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Goodbye Corset, Hello Freedom

One of the most prominent and enduring influences on early twentieth century culture is the life and work of Isadora Duncan. Credited in the dance world as being the mother of modern dance, Duncanís fascination with free-flowing natural movements led her to introduce the world to a dance form that was the very opposite of ballet. Greatly intrigued by the Womenís Rights Movement of the time, this paper asserts that Duncan can be considered one of the first feminists. Duncan devoted her life not only to dance but to the liberation of women in society. This paper looks at how Duncan embodied and influenced freedom for women in her own life and work on the bodily level. Further, it reveals a changing viewpoint of Duncanís life from past to present day.

Presenter: Heather Acomb (Graduate Student)
Topic: Dance
Location: Hartwell Strasser Dance Studio
Time: 9:15 am (Session I)