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The enduring essence : the technique and choreography of Isadora Duncan, remembered and reconstructed by Gemze de Lappe

Author: Gemze De LappeSharon Park ArslanianIsadora DuncanFranz SchubertChristoph Willibald Gluck, Ritter vonAll authors
Publisher: Northampton, MA : Images, ©1990.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape : NTSC color broadcast system   Visual material : English
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Interview with Gemze de Lappe, a dancer, director, and teacher with credits on the ballet and Broadway stages. She reminisces about her dance training with Irma Duncan and Anna Duncan, Isadora Duncan's adopted daughters; the special qualities and benefits of Duncan technique; and the changing status of Duncan dancing over the years. She also looks back upon her experiences as a student and dancer with ballet  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dance
Interviews
Video
Named Person: Gemze De Lappe; Jenny Sterlin; Sharon Park Arslanian; Cynthia Jensen; Mary Lee Karlins; Isadora Duncan; Irma Duncan; Anna Duncan; Michel Fokine; Agnes De Mille
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Gemze De Lappe; Sharon Park Arslanian; Isadora Duncan; Franz Schubert; Christoph Willibald Gluck, Ritter von; Aleksandr Nikolayevich Scriabin
OCLC Number: 35422641
Credits: Dances reconstructed by Gemze de Lappe ; costumes, Jill St. Coeur and Rita Singler ; lighting, Jean Baxter.
Performer(s): Interviewer: Jenny Sterlin.
Interviewee: Gemze de Lappe.
Dancers: Gemze de Lappe, Sharon Arslanian, Anne Carey, Cynthia Jensen, Mary Lee Karlins, Robin MacRostie, Janice Paquette, Lorna Pingchie.
Pianists: Grant Moss, Susanne Anderson.
Description: 1 videocassette (57 min.) : sd., col. NTSC ; 1/2 in. (VHS)
Contents: Dance contents: Ballspiel [performed before opening credits] / music, Franz Schubert (Gratzer waltzes, Op. 91, no. 10), played by Grant Moss ; danced by Cynthia Jensen --
Isadora Duncan dance technique / demonstrated by Gemze de Lappe and others --
Classical duet / music, Franz Schubert (German dances, Op. 33, no. 10), played by Grant Moss ; danced by Gemze de Lappe and Sharon Arslanian --
Water study / music, Franz Schubert (Gratzer waltzes, Op. 91, no. 12), played by Grant Moss ; danced by Gemze de Lappe --
Blessed spirits / music, Christoph Willibald Gluck (Orpheus and Eurydice, Act II, scene II), played by Grant Moss ; danced by Sharon Arslanian, Cynthia Jensen, Robin MacRostie, Mary Lee Karlins, and Janice Paquette --
Three Graces / music, Franz Schubert (Waltzes, Op. 9, no. 33), played by Grant Moss ; danced by Gemze de Lappe, Sharon Arslanian, and Anne Carey --
The mother / music, Aleksandr Scriabin (Etude, Op. 2, no. 1), played by Grant Moss ; danced by Gemze de Lappe.
Responsibility: Images ; produced and directed by Sharon Arslanian ; executive producer, Sharon Arslanian.

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Interview with Gemze de Lappe, a dancer, director, and teacher with credits on the ballet and Broadway stages. She reminisces about her dance training with Irma Duncan and Anna Duncan, Isadora Duncan's adopted daughters; the special qualities and benefits of Duncan technique; and the changing status of Duncan dancing over the years. She also looks back upon her experiences as a student and dancer with ballet choreographer Michel Fokine, whose style was compatible with Duncan's, and with Agnes de Mille, who incorporated Duncan's Three Graces into Conversations about the dance, her historical overview performance. The interview is intercut with performance footage and a demonstration of Duncan technique with a voice-over discussion in which de Lappe notes the fine points of the movements being performed, clarifying the impetus and imagery motivating them, and describing their variations and appearances in various Duncan dances.

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