Call for Proposals for 2015 Symposium in Chicago

Call for Proposals and Registration Open for 2015 Duncan Symposium "Discovering Duncan" June 11-13, 2015 at Joffrey Tower, Chicago, IL, USA

We are now accepting proposals to present at the 2015 Isadora Duncan International Symposium.

Attendance at the symposium is open to all practitioners and scholars of Duncan Dance and related techniques, including performance, choreography, repertory, education, research and scholarship, criticism, photography, visual and multimedia art and biography.

The conference working language is English.

FOR POTENTIAL PRESENTERS AND SPEAKERS: The 2015 Symposium theme is "Discovering Duncan." Isadora Duncan is often credited with many "discoveries" foundational to the development of modern dance: the relationship between breath and gesture, the use of weight and gravity,  individual expression as valid dance content, and dance as a vehicle for social and political platforms. She is also credited with "rediscovering" the Greek dance aesthetic, and some credit her success to "being discovered" by producers and other artists from Augustine Daly to Loie Fuller.

Each of us has our own story of discovery and Duncan dance.  What Duncan discoveries speak to and inspire you? What have you discovered through your Duncan practice? How can we rediscover Duncan now? How did you first encounter the Duncan work? How would you like to help others discover the work?

The symposium is an opportunity for Duncan Dance practitioners to demonstrate their methods and techniques, share important experience and knowledge, and present research and scholarship to a wider international Duncan community. It is also an opportunity for both presenters and participants to learn from each other in practical, theoretical, physical and artistic realms.

In crafting your proposal, please address the symposium theme. We will attempt to accommodate as many presenters as possible. You may submit more than one presentation for consideration. However, the number of slots may be limited due to scheduling and facility availability.

The proposal deadline is NOVEMBER 15, 2014. 


  • practical workshop/master class

  • reading/lecture/presentation

  • panel discussions

  • roundtable discussions with moderator

  • informal showings of choreography, repertory and works in progress with discussion sessions

  • video showings

  • other formats suggested by the presenter can be considered

To submit your proposal, please see the submission guidelines.

SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION: All attendees, including presenters, must register for the symposium. Symposium registration is $195 for the three-day event, and all sessions are open to all attendees. Register by March 1, 2015 and pay just $160 for your registration. Please click here to register. Accommodation, location and other information about the conference is available on the Symposium Information page.

We appreciate in advance if you could spread the word among your Duncan Dance friends, colleagues and community. Thank you very much for your creative work in the field of Duncan Dance, and we look forward to your participation at the symposium.


Isadora Duncan International Symposium Steering Committee Meg Brooker, MFA Valerie Durham, MFA Julia Pond Jennifer Sprowl