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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Throwback Thursday and Anna Duncan

Throwback Thursday and Anna Duncan

Born in Switzerland on December 21, 1894 as Anna Denzler, in January 1905 she auditioned for the Grunewald school and was accepted. Thus by age ten she became a part of the first generation of Isadorables, dancers who trained and performed with the famous modern dancer Isadora Duncan. They received the name Isadorables  in 1909 when French poet, Fernand Divoire, saw them perform.

Twenty years later, in 1925 she was teaching dance as well as performing in New York. After Isadora Duncan’s tragic death Anna vowed to preserve her art and choreography. Thus she toured and performed often, forming her own company, the Anna Duncan Dancers. This company broke all previous attendance records when they performed in 1931 at New York City’s Lewisohn Stadium.

At one time Anna attempted to record Isadora’s dances on film, but she wasn’t satisfied with the results and so the film was never released.

Her last performance was in 1965, and near the end of her life another Duncan dancer, Kathleen Quinlan Zetterberg, helped organize Anna’s archives. This collaboration resulted in two exhibitions in Stockholm’s Dance Museum in 1995 and 2010.

Anna Duncan died in 1982.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Secret #296:
“Anna Duncan was one of the Isadorables.”

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Quote of the Day:
“If I could tell you what it meant, there would be no point in dancing it”
― Isadora Duncan

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