CULTURE

Duncan Center struggles to keep free spirit alive

A landmark event had been scheduled to take place at the Isadora one of them was the Duncan center.

Following the intervention of the local and the international dance community, Vyronas Mayor Nikos Hardalias and the municipal council recommended that the center retain its independent status.

Isadora Duncan worshipped and was inspired by Greece; she had even expressed a desire to stay in the country forever back in the early 1900s. Ever since its founding in 1992, the Duncan Center — in the last decade under the artistic leadership of Penelope Iliaskou — has boasted a rich agenda. Besides its dance school, the center organizes innovative activities, such as community dances, as well as research programs focusing on choreography, hosting foreign artists, essentially leading Duncan?s spirit into the future.

?The dancer of the future will be one whose body and soul have grown so harmoniously together that the natural language of that soul will have become the movement of the body. The dancer will not belong to a nation but to all humanity,? Duncan had said in Berlin in 1903, during the course of a lecture on ?The Dance of the Future.?

?She will dance not in the form of a nymph, nor fairy, nor coquette but in the form of a woman in its greatest and purest expression. She will realize the mission of a woman?s body and the holiness of all its parts.?