Angela Isadora Duncan (1877-1927)
Angela Isadora Duncan, the “Mother of Modern Dance,”was a revolutionary dancer born May 26, 1877 in Oakland, CA. Starting from humble and unconventional beginnings, Duncan found her greatest inspirations from nature. Throughout her career in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, much to the world’s awe, she went against the cultural conventions of her day, and created a dance technique based on the natural movements of the human body and self-expression – a concept that was unheard of during her time. She believed that the dancer of the future would be one “whose body and soul have grown so harmoniously together that the natural language of that soul will have become the movement of the body.” Her artistry and vision inspired many artists of her time, helping to shape the world of performing arts as we know it today
Isadora died in Nice, France in a death as dramatic as her life. On September 14, 1927, while riding as a passenger of an Amilcar, Isadora’s long, iconic neck scarf became entangled in the open-spoke of a wheel and rear axle of a car, breaking her neck. Although her life was cut short, her legacy continues to live on today.