Original Duncan Repertory

Word Dance Theater currently houses historic original choreographies from Isadora Duncan, as well as contemporary pieces in the Duncan technique created by Word Dance Theater.  If you are interested in creating a customized production, salon, or educational program a subset of these works, please contact Cynthia Word directly at cynthia@worddance.org.

Dances of Isadora Duncan in Word Dance Theater Repertory

Choreography conveyed to Word Dance Theater by 2nd generation Duncan Dancer, Jeanne Bresciani, Director of the Isadora Duncan International Institute, except where noted.

Dances listed by composer with notations as to the theme and general date of creation:

Johannes Brahms

  • Waltzes 1 through 16 (circa 1910);  Theme:  Dances of the many aspects of Love

Frederic Chopin

  • All 24 of The 24 Preludes, Op. 28 No. 1 through 24 (between 1900-1920);  Theme:  Human Emotion
  • Butterfly Etude, Op. 25 #9 (between 1900-1923), Choreography conveyed by Valerie Durham; Theme:  Nature 
  • Twirling Mazurka (circa 1902) - Mazurka Op. 33 #2;  Theme:  Gypsy Dances, Youthful Joy
  • Boy/Girl Mazurka (circa 1902) - Mazurka Op. 33 #3;  Theme:  Gypsy Dances, Youthful Joy
  • Death and the Maiden (1902) -  Mazurka Op. 33 #4; Theme:  Loss, Death
  • Orientale (1904), Choreography conveyed by Valerie Durham - Mazurka Op. 68 #2; Theme Gypsy Dances, Seduction
  • Angel and Spirit Rising (circa 1905) - Nocturne Op. 9 #2; Theme:  Spiritual
  • Balspiel (1901) - Valse Op. 70 #1; Theme:  Youthful Joy
  • Harp Etude (Unknown) - 12 Etudes Op. 25 #1 in A Flat Major (Aeolian Harp); Theme:  Spiritual
  • March Polonaise (1914) - Polonaise iin A Major Op. 40 #1 "Military"; Theme:  Military Dance
  • Grande Valse Brilliante (Unknown) - Valse #2 in A Flat Major; Theme;  Joyous Friendship
  • Trio Waltz (Unknown), Choreography conveyed by Valerie DurhamThree Waltzes, Op. 70 #3; Theme:  An Invitation to a Party

Christopher Willibald Gluck

  • The Furies (1910) - Orphee and Erudice; Theme:  Mythology
  • Dance of the Blessed Spirits (1910), Choreography conveyed by Valerie Durham - Orphee et Erudice; Theme:  Mythology

Arcangelo Corelli

  • Tanagras (Unknown) - Sonatas, Violin in Continuo, Folie d'Espagne Op. 15 #12; Theme:  Mythology

Franz Schubert

  • Ave Maria (1922); Theme:  Spiritual
  • Symphony #9 in C Major, all sections (circa 1918), Theme:  Mythology
  • Water Study (Unknown), Choreography conveyed by Valerie Durham - Twelve Grazer Walzer D 924 #12;  Theme:  Nature

Alexander Scriabin

  • The Crossing (circa 1923) - Huit Etudes Op. 42 #5; Theme:  Personal Loss
  • Mother Etude (1921) - Three Pieces Etude Op. 2 #1; Theme:  Motherhood
  • Revolutionary Etude (1921) - Douze Etudes Op. 8 #12; Theme:  Revolution, Social Change

Ricard Strauss

  • On the Beautiful Blue Danube (circa 1905) - An der Blauen Donau Op. 314; Theme:  Nature, Joyous Gathering

Russian Folk Songs

  • Dubinishka (1924); Theme:  Revolution, Social Change
  • Varshavianka (1924); Theme:  Revolution, Social Change

French National Anthem

  • La Marseillaise (1914) Choreography conveyed by Valerie Durham; Theme:  Revolution, Social Change

 

Dances by Word Dance Theater in Style and Philosophy of Duncan

  • Tanagra Duet (2009) - J.S. Bach, Concerto for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo
  • Path (2012) - Zoe Keating
  • Svoboda/Freedom (2013) - Dominik Maican, excerpt from Once Wild:  Isadora in Russia
  • We Three (2013) - Zoe Keating, excerpt from Once Wild:  Isadora in Russia
  • Goodbye Hello (2016) - Zoe Keating, excerpt from Chambers of the Heart
  • Love Me Tender (2016) - Elvis Presley, excerpt from Chambers of the Heart
  • Ring of Fire (2016) - Paul Barnes, excerpt from Chambers of the Heart