Isadora Duncan


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Angela Isadora Duncan (May 27, 1877 – September 14, 1927), was an American dancer. Born in California, she lived in Western Europe and the Soviet Union from the age of 22 until her death at age 50. She performed to acclaim throughout Europe; and was exiled from The United States for her soviet sympathies.

Duncan's fondness for flowing scarves was the cause of her death in an automobile ... more »

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  • ''We may not all break the Ten Commandments, but we are certainly all capable of it. Within us lurks the breaker of all laws, ready to spring out at the first real opportunity.''
    Isadora Duncan (1878-1927), U.S. dancer. My Life, introduction (1927).
  • ''The first essential in writing about anything is that the writer should have no experience of the matter.''
    Isadora Duncan (1878-1927), U.S. dancer. My Life, introduction (1927).
  • ''The real American type can never be a ballet dancer. The legs are too long, the body too supple and the spirit too free for this school of affected grace and toe walking.''
    Isadora Duncan (1878-1927), U.S. dancer. My Life, ch. 30 (1927).
  • ''Perhaps he was a bit different from other people, but what really sympathetic person is not a little mad?''
    Isadora Duncan (1878-1927), U.S. dancer. My Life, ch. 11 (1927). On Grand Duke Ferdinand of Hungary.
  • ''It seems to me monstrous that anyone should believe that the jazz rhythm expresses America. Jazz rhythm expresses the primitive savage.''
    Isadora Duncan (1878-1927), U.S. dancer. My Life, ch. 30 (1927).
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