The Isadora Duncan International Symposium

London August 2019


We are delighted to announce that the fourth installment of the Isadora Duncan International Symposium will make its first non-U.S.-based debut in London, England from August 1 - 4, 2019 at The Place, a world-renown modern dance facility.

The 2019 Symposium theme is "Stoking the Flame: Isadora Duncan Dance in London, 2019."  In August 2019, we gather in London to explore the city where Isadora and her brother Raymond spent countless hours dancing in gardens, studying ancient Greek art at the British Museum, and attracting the attention of  British artists and celebrities, including actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell, painter Edward Charles Hallé, and music critic John Fuller-Maitland. 


In London, Duncan honed the relationship between her dance and music, beginning the move away from literature and narrative and towards abstraction, a key modernist characteristic. Honoring this movement in dance from the literal to the figurative, we will explore the following questions: How is Duncan's use of music innovative and how are we preserving, teaching, and developing musicality in Duncan's work? What is gained (or lost) in Duncan's move away from storytelling structure, or as Peter Kurth notes, "away from a dance that told something--a story or a poem-- toward a dance that rendered it?" How are we working with musicality, abstraction, and symbolism in our current Duncan dance practices? What elements and principles of Duncan dance are we honing in our contemporary creative practices, and how can we stoke the flame for the future of Duncan dance?   

You will enjoy full days of master classes, workshops, technique classes, lectures, roundtable and panel discussions, choreographic showings, and more, all as we connect together as a thriving, growing and evolving Duncan Dance community. We will also plan onsite events at important London historical sites, and a fascinating tour of the British Museum that highlights the specific works of art that Isadora studied during her time in London. And as always, we will host several social events so that we can gather together around good food, good drink and great conversation.


August 1 - 4, 2019: Save the date now for this tremendous event! We welcome all practitioners in the work, style, artistry and tradition of Isadora Duncan, mother of modern dance. We are currently planning a tour of the British Museum to start our event on Thursday, August 1, with sessions, workshops, choreography showings and master classes commencing at The Place on Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4. Optional tours are being prepared for Monday, August 5.

December 1 - January 15, 2019: The submission period for all proposals will be from December 1 through January 15. Please see the Call for Proposals here.

March 1, 2019: Registration will open for presenters and attendees.

March 1 - March 30, 2019: Early bird period (registration rate at $200)

April 1 - May 15, 2019: Regular registration period (registration rate at $225)

May 16 - August 1, 2019: Late registration period (registration rate at $250)

We will be accepting applications for potential volunteers onsite during the symposium. Please watch for announcements regarding terms, responsibilities and application in the coming months if you are interested.

We can't wait to join the Duncan community in London for another meaningful and inspiring Duncan Symposium in 2019.