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Guide to the Isadora Duncan Dance Programs and Ephemera
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Related Collections
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Isadora Duncan dance programs and ephemera,
    Date (inclusive): 1900-1957
    Collection number: MS-P033
    Creator: Duncan, Isadora, 1877-1927
    Extent: 0.3 linear feet (1 box and 1 oversize folder)
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: This collection comprises dance programs and some ephemera documenting Isadora Duncan and her international performances from 1900 to 1920. Materials in this collection are in Dutch, English, French, and German. Also included are programs for performances by her students, the Isadora Duncan Dancers.
    Physical location: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and University Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Isadora Duncan Dance Programs and Ephemera. MS-P33. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired, 1999.

    Processing History

    Processed by Karen Rosen, 2001.

    Biography

    Isadora Duncan was born in San Francisco on May 27, 1878. She was a pioneer of "free dance" -- the theory that dance was the expression of an inner urge or impulse and reflected the rhythms of nature -- as opposed to the formal dance form of ballet. Her revolutionary ideas on dance were not well accepted in America, and Duncan left for Europe in 1899, where she enjoyed greater success. Her first appearances were from 1900 to 1902 in Paris, Budapest, Vienna, Munich, and Berlin. In 1904 she founded her own school. In 1905 Duncan appeared in Russia for the first time, where she was much admired by advocates of reform of the ballet. In 1925 Duncan moved to France, where she began her autobiography, My Life, and gave occasional performances. She gave her last recital in Paris in July 1927. In Nice, France, on September 14, 1927, Duncan was killed in a car accident. Lessons in the Duncan dance technique continued after her death, and were taught by Irma Duncan (one of Isadora's adopted daughters) and several of her other pupils, who were also known as the Isadora Duncan Dancers.
    For further biographical information, see Isadora Duncan, My Life, by Isadora Duncan (New York: Boni and Liveright, 1927). See also Walter Terry, Isadora Duncan: Her Life, Her Art, Her Legacy, (New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1964).

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection comprises dance programs and some ephemera documenting Isadora Duncan and her international performances from 1900 to 1920. Materials in this collection are in Dutch, English, French, and German. Also included are programs for performances by her students, the Isadora Duncan Dancers.
    Unless noted otherwise, items in this collection are dance programs. Materials are arranged chronologically by performance date.

    Related Collections

    Related materials can be found in the Mary Desti Collection on Isadora Duncan (MS-P05), Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Duncan, Isadora, 1877-1927--Archival resources.
    Dance--Archival resources.
    Modern dance--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Dance programs.
    Ephemera.

    Occupations

    Dancers.
    Dance teachers.