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Wednesday, May 21 2008
It's Isadora Duncan's birthday, so naturally, someone is throwing her a dance party: the Dionysian Festival. Very few dancers perform Duncan's own choreography, but Mary Sano and her Duncan Dancers do, re-creating as closely as possible the look of the works first staged in the 1910s. Authentic flowing tunics, bare feet, and joyful smiles accessorize the dancers, who look shockingly like old photographs of Duncan's work; director Sano has spared no effort to keep her company true to the original letter and spirit of Duncan's Greek-urn-inspired romps. Isadora Duncan was also vociferously inspired by traditions other than the European ballet world (which she despised as unhealthy and lacking soul). To pay tribute to what we might now call that global consciousness, Sano includes international movement and music including G. Hoffman Soto and SotoMotion, Priya Ravindhran and Rebecca Whittington's Bharata Natyam, and a koto performance by Shoko Hikage.
Sat., May 24, 8 p.m.; Sun., May 25, 5 p.m., 2008

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