Guide to the Isadora Duncan Dance Programs and Ephemera

Processed by Karen Rosen.
Special Collections and Archives
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California
Irvine, California 92623-9557
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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Arts and Humanities--Dance--Dance General

Guide to the Isadora Duncan Dance Programs and Ephemera

Collection number: MS-P33

Special Collections and Archives

The UCI Libraries



University of California

Irvine, California

Contact Information

  • Special Collections and Archives
  • The UCI Libraries
  • P.O. Box 19557
  • University of California
  • Irvine, California 92623-9557
  • Phone: (949) 824-3947
  • Fax: (949) 824-2472
  • Email: spcoll@uci.edu
  • URL: http://www.lib.uci.edu/rrsc/speccoll.html
Processed by:
Karen Rosen
Date Completed:
2001
Encoded by:
Karen Rosen
© 2001 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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.


Collection Contents

Box 1 : 1

Shakespearean Season, Mr. F. R. Benson's Company, Lyceum Theatre, London, 1900

Box 1 : 2

Officiëel Programma Van Den Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, 1905-1907

Box 1 : 3

Boston Symphony Hall, 1908

Box 1 : 3

Farewell appearance, New York, 1909

Box 1 : 3

Carnegie Hall, New York, 1911

Box FB-31 : 3

Elizabeth-Duncan Schule, Deutsches Künstler-Theater (Societat) Berlin, 1914

Box FB-31 : 3

Dionysion, New York Century Opera House, 1915

Box 1 : 3

Palais Du Trocadéro, Paris, 1916-1920

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

Includes reproductions of Steichen photographs.
Box 1 : 3

Isadora Duncan Dancers, The Neighborhood Playhouse, New York, 1918

Box 1 : 3

Chopin Recital, Columbia Theater, San Francisco, 1918

Box 1 : 4

Isadora Duncan Dancers, Columbia Theater, San Francisco, 1919

Box 1 : 4

Festival Chopin, L'Ecole Isadora Duncan, France, 1919

Box 1 : 4

Isadora Duncan Dancers, Carnegie Hall, 1920 (?)

Box 1 : 4

Recital Chopin, Studio D'Isadora Duncan, Nice, France, 1926

Box 1 : 4

California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1957

Scope and Content Note

Memorial exhibition catalog.
Box 1 : 5

Undated

Box 1 : 5

The Pupils of Isadora Duncan, Liberty Theatre, New York

Box 1 : 5

Isadora Duncan et ses Èleves de l'Ecole de Danse de Darmstadt

Box 1 : 5

Isadora Duncan and Symphony Orchestra, New York