“I have long wanted to bring the fascinating story and incredible artistry of Isadora Duncan to the stage, and I am excited and grateful to be able to star in a new ballet that will bring her to life once again and honor her remarkable legacy.”
-- Natalia Osipova, principal dancer, The Royal Ballet
Vladimir Varnava, choreographer of Russia’s fabled Mariinsky Theatre, leads a creative team to bring the remarkable life of the modern dance revolutionary, Isadora Duncan (1877-1927), center stage in a World Premiere starring Natalia Osipova, one of today’s reigning prima ballerinas and principal dancer of London’s Royal Ballet.
Isadora Duncan revolutionized the world of Dance, evolving from the formal language of ballet to forge a new art form of modern movement with an emphasis on natural expression. A California native, she left America in the late 1890s to find great acclaim in Europe as her radically new dance vocabulary enraptured audiences.
Her international fame led her to an emerging country, the Soviet Union, where she created an impressive dance school. Here she married the poet Sergei Yesenin and experienced her most prolific period. Her life is a riveting study in contrasts: on the stage, she created elegant beauty; off stage, great tragedy ensued. It is said she was happy only when she danced. Fittingly, her infamous death was as dramatic as her life. Her story is truly one for the stage.
Music: Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella,
performed by the Mikhailovsky Orchestra, Pavel Sorokin, conductor
Libretto: Vladimir Varnava and Konstantin Fedorov
Choreography: Vladimir Varnava
Costume and Set Designer: Galina Solodovnikova
Lighting Designer: Igor Fomin
Isadora is a co-production by Segerstrom Center for the Arts and Ardani Artists.
Isadora is presented with special underwriting from Michelle Rohé.