HOTLINE MEMBER CABARET EVENT TONIGHT IN FORT SALEM, NY: REVOLUTIONARY! MODERN DANCE/ DRAMA AT FORT SALEM THEATER
In collaboration with Saratoga's Nacre Dance Company, The MAINSTAGE AT FORT SALEM THEATER (11 East Broadway, Salem, NY - 518-854-9200) proclaims Saturday & Sunday, July 9th &10th a Weekend of Culture at the Washington County venue, when the theater presents an autobiographical dance drama chronicling the career of Isadora Duncan. 'Revolutionary! Isadora Duncan' stars Dianne Lachtrupp as the iconic dancer, and in Duncan's own words, paints a portrait of an iconoclast who changed the scope of serious dance. 'Revolutionary!' features Nacre Dance's professional dancers who recreate Duncan's moving choreography. Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) was an American pioneer who to this day remains one of the most enduring influences on contemporary culture, as an important figure in both the arts and history. Known as the "Mother of Modern Dance," Isadora Duncan was a self-styled revolutionary whose influence spread from American to Europe and Russia, creating a sensation everywhere she performed. Her style of dancing eschewed the rigidity of ballet and she championed the notion of free-spiritedness coupled with the high ideals of ancient Greece: beauty, philosophy, and humanity. Dancer, adventurer, and ardent defender of the free spirit, with free-flowing costumes, bare feet, and loose hair, she took to the stage inspired by the ancient Greeks, the music of classical composers, the wind and the sea. Isadora elevated the dance to a high place among the arts, returning the discipline to its roots as a sacred art. Duncan shed the restrictive corsets of the Victorian era and broke away from the vocabulary of the ballet. Stepping out of the dance studio with a vision of the dance of the future, Isadora embraced artists, philosophers, and writers as her teachers and guides. Isadora Duncan was born in San Francisco, California on May 26, 1877, the youngest of four. During her youth in San Francisco, Isadora had already formulated her signature movement style. As she matured, she developed her choreography and started setting her dances to early Italian music, with costumes and dance motifs inspired by Renaissance paintings and ancient Greek myths. Eventually, this original and intrepid Californian caught the attention of the Hungarian press. In 1902 her debut performances in Budapest with a full orchestra were a critical success and ran sold-out for 30 days. Her encore was Johann Strauss's popular and intoxicating waltz The Blue Danube. Within two years of performing her own choreography, Duncan had achieved both notoriety and success. Shocking some audience members and inspiring others, Isadora posed a challenge to the prevailing orthodoxies of her time. Isadora was a champion in the struggle for women's rights. Many saw a glorious vision for the future in Isadora's choreography. Her influence upon the development of progressive ideas and culture from her time to our own has yet to be measured. She has inspired artists, thinkers, and idealists everywhere. Following the Weekend of Culture, the Fort takes a one hundred eighty degree turn with its Peanuts parody, You're an Old Man, Charlie Brown, running from July 15th through 17. Information about all Fort Salem events is available at http://www,fortsalemtheater.com and tickets may be purchased by calling that theater box office at 518-854-9200.
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