Isadora Duncan was one of the great San Franciscans: born in 1877, she was a girl who fell from riches to rags who became celebrated in the Western world for her art. Left in dire straits after her father's bank failed and her parents divorced, Duncan taught dance of her own invention and gave her first concert at the age of 13 in Oakland. Inspired by the undulating motion of the waves and her interest in Ancient Greece, Duncan made a vocabulary of movement that incorporated the fluid lilt of wind and water with the wild impulses of Greek mythology, danced in scandalously uncorseted, flowing tunics. In honor of Duncan's 137th birthday, Mary Sano and her Studio of Duncan Dancing restage original Duncan repertoire and present new choreography, accompanied live on piano and wooden flute. The event will also premiere music by Benjamin Akeala Belelw and Tony Chapman.
May 24-25, 8 p.m., 2014