Lori Belilove & the Isadora Duncan Dance Company at Ware Center

By on February 26, 2014

The Franklin & Marshall Department of Dance has joined forces with Millersville University to bring “Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company” to the Ware Center in downtown Lancaster Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Lori Belilove is the preeminent dancer and choreographer to create and inhabit the legacy of modern dancer Isadora Duncan. Duncan was known for introducing a more fluid dance technique, countering the schools of ballet and was a world-famous dancer until her death when her scarf got caught in the spokes of a sports car. Belilove has been hailed as the most authentic Duncan dance interpreter.

Duncan’s techniques have been passed down to Lori through a direct lineage of Isadora Duncan dancers. Among Lori’s first Duncan teachers were 2nd generation Duncan Dancers Julia Levien, Hortense Kooluris, and Mignon Garland. She was coached for performance and technique by 1st generation Duncan Dancers Anna Duncan and Irma Duncan, two of the six adopted artistic daughters of Isadora, also known as the Isadorables.

Belilove is the leading dancer in the award-winning PBS documentary Isadora Duncan: Movement from the Soul narrated by stage and screen actress Julie Harris. As a master teacher she has held residencies at such distinguished institutions as Harvard University, The Juilliard School, Northwestern University, Smith College, University of Alabama, Ohio State, and Drexel.

Her company has toured extensively in the United States, Canada, South America, Russia, Korea and Europe in diverse settings ranging from performing arts centers and museums to outdoor festivals and dance events. Notably, the Company performed at the Theater of the Russian Army and the Urania Theater (where Isadora had her debut) in Budapest for dignitaries welcoming modern dance back into their country and she staged and danced the leading role as Isadora in the new dance-theater work, Isadora… No Apologies — a show that ran for two weeks to sold-out houses.

Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company have been featured in many photographs, articles, and interviews in dance magazines and publications of the Associated Press including The New Yorker, The Smithsonian, Dance Magazine, Ballet Internationale, Korean Times, Dancar Magazine (Brazil), Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher Now, Dance Australia, and the Greek-American. In America, Brazil, Greece and Russia, Lori Belilove and other company members have been featured in TV specials and film documentaries.

Lori Belilove’s Isadora Dance Company is sponsored by The Department of Dance Franklin Marshall College, Millersville University, Rodgers & Associates, Ann B. Barshinger, Aussie and the Fox, Fine Living Lancaster, Hagelgans & Veronis, Dr. Mary Kearns & Dr. Jon Walker and Mary S. Burton & Laurent Horne.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $17 for seniors and $5 for students and can be purchased by calling 872-3811 or 871-2308, Online at artsmu.com or in person at the Ware Center Box Office, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster or the SMC Building on the MU Campus. If tickets are still available, tickets may be purchased the day of the show, one hour prior to the performance.

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