Isadora Duncan’s Revolutionary Dance

Following her performance at the launch of the book The Sixth Sense of the Avant-Garde, we’re excited to welcome back London’s premiere Duncanist Julia Pond for a contemporary dance workshop as part of our season The Future Remains: Revisiting Revolution.

Join this intimate and inclusive group to learn about the Mother of Modern Dance’s pioneering technique as we bring it into the 21st century, fusing Isadora Duncan’s principals with contemporary structure.

After the workshop, there will be an opportunity to unwind with your fellow contemporary dance lovers over discussion and refreshments.

About the workshop

Isadora Duncan created a dance technique featuring dynamic, whole-body movement through space, powered by rhythmic footwork and breath-supported gesture.

Inspired by nature, myth, and music, Duncan was both an improviser and a choreographer, leaving a legacy of free expression in dance movement, as well as a repertory of nearly one hundred dances.

This workshop combines a contemporary approach to Duncan technique, warming the body and preparing to dance, with an exploration of historic dance repertory created to Russian worker’s songs: the Dubinushka and the Varshavianka.

Who can come? 

The workshop is appropriate for all levels of dance experience. It’s best to come with some level of physical fitness.

What will you learn? 

We will do a warm-up covering basic principles of Duncan technique and then learn some pieces of original, inherited Duncan repertory set to Russian worker songs. Expect to breathe, run, jump, and move with momentum!

About Julia Pond

A contemporary dance artist based in London, Julia Pond is a direct lineage Duncan dancer who was a member of Lori Belilove’s Isadora Duncan Dance Company from 2001–2005. She studied and performed with Lori Belilove and Cherlyn Smith, and received coaching from Julia Levien. Since 2012, Julia has also received direct coaching in repertory from Barbara Kane and performed with the Isadora Duncan Dance Group London/Paris, most recently at the Kalamata Dance Festival in Greece. She joined the Steering Committee of the Isadora Duncan International Symposium in 2014, and is a co-founder of the Duncan Dance Project. Julia has taught and performed the Duncan work throughout Europe, Russia and the United States, and has created 3 full length dance theater works rooted in the Duncan technique, which have toured to Italy, London and the US. She has also developed class material which fuses core principles of the Duncan technique with a contemporary class structure. Julia is a founding member of the Art Monastery Project and a lead facilitator at LIFEbeat and with PYE Global. She has a BFA in Dance from Boston Conservatory and an MA in International Relations.