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Photo by Lorien Evans, 2006

Photo 2005 by Peter Hoffman

Photo courtesy Peter Hoffman, 2005

Photo by Lorien Evans, 2006

Adrianna Marti c. 2007

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at National Cathedral in Washington DC. The Duncan Dancers perform "Sailing Into a Dream of Freedom" music by James Durham, photo by Donovan Marks

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at National Cathedral in Washington DC. The Duncan Dancers perform "Sailing Into a Dream of Freedom" music by James Durham, photo by Donovan Marks

In And Of Through "Guardians" by Valerie Durham, 2012

In And Of Through "Guardians" by Valerie Durham, 2012

 

Upcoming Performances

Part and Parcel
Shared Evening by DancEthos and Word Dance Theater
DancePlace, June 23 (8pm) and June 24 (7pm)

Valerie Durham will appear as a guest artist for Word Dance Theater in Part and Parcel, a shared evening with DancEthos, at DancePlace (click here for tickets). She will dance in Isadora Duncan repertory pieces "Angel and Spirit Rising," "Dubynishka," and "Varshavyanka" as well as a Cynthia Word original choreography, "Flocking." Valerie's own choreography, a reconstruction of Isadora's "Marseillaise," will be performed by Ingrid Zimmer.

Previous Performances

Premiere of In|And|Of|Through Thesis Concert
Conceived, directed and choreographed by Valerie Durham
Shared MFA Thesis Concert
March 8-9, 2012 8pm
Dance Theater, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland

Valerie Durham, Artistic Director of the Duncan Dancers, presented her MFA thesis concert at the University of Maryland in March 2012. Valerie's In|And|Of|Through turns to the choreography, technique and philosophy of Isadora Duncan and artworks in the collection of the Freer|Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian to consider the individual's relationship to art.

Movement onstage includes traditional Isadora Duncan repertory, abstracted and restaged, as well as Durham's original choreography, which attempts to marry the principles of the Duncan movement technique with alternative aesthetics as represented in the permanent art collections at the Freer|Sackler Galleries. The concert features original music by composer James Durham, a diverse community of dancers and live art by Adrian Galvin.

In And Of Through

Women's History Celebration
Isadora Duncan: A Woman Who Made a Difference
March 6, 12pm and 1pm
Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Kogod Courtyard
The Duncan Dancers will present a lecture, performance and interactive event as part of the Smithsonian Museum's celebration of Women's History Month. Each presentation will include a discussion of the life, career and contributions of mother of modern dance, Isadora Duncan, along with performances of some of her most beautiful dances, and an opportunity for audience members to join in the fun! This is a free event, open to the public, and perfect for families and children. Please join Valerie Durham, Ioana Stoice and Lisa Smith for this lovely performance in the Kogod Courtyard.

Smithsonian Museum of American Art Women's History Celebration postcard

Smithsonian Museum of American Art Women's History Celebration postcard back

Revolutionary!
Take Five Series @ University of Maryland
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 5:30pm
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center -- Dance Theater
Valerie Durham reprises her guest artist role with Word Dance Theater in Revolutionary! the story and dances of legendary mother of modern dance, Isadora Duncan.

Duncan Dance Chicago Spring Salon Performance
Saturday May 22, 2010
Curtis Theater, Fine Arts Building, 10th Floor
Chicago, IL

Isadora Primavera! Outdoor Festival
Thursday May 27, 2010
The Duncan Dancers with partner Word Dance Theater, students and guest artists

Revolutionary!
June 26-27, 8pm
DancePlace
Valerie Durham reprises her guest artist role with Word Dance Theater in Revolutionary! the story and dances of legendary mother of modern dance, Isadora Duncan.

King in Our City
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
National Cathedral, Washington, DC
Monday, January 18, 2-4pm

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

In a performance celebrating the legendary civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. at the site of his last sermon, the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, hosted by legendary god-father of go-go Chuck Brown, The Duncan Dancers, with guest dancers Linda Gabriel Deutsch, Tracey Durr, Diana Lopez and Alexandra Odenwald, presented a new commissioned work "Sailing into a Dream of Freedom," to music composed by James Durham specifically for the occasion. The Duncan Dancers performed with other important Washington DC music and dance groups, all striving to convey the freedom and dignity of the human soul through dance and song, to almost 3,000 people.

See the dance at timemark 1:10 on the online video at www.nationalcathedral.org.

Smithsonian American Art Museum Performance
"The Art of Isadora Duncan: Inspirations in Nature & Art"
Presented by the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Valerie Durham and The Duncan Dancers with special guest artists Angela D'Onofrio, Roberta Hoffman, Jennifer Sprowl, Cynthia Word, and Ingrid Zimmer
Wednesday, September 9, 5:15pm and 6:15pm
McEvoy Auditorium
Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery
Performance free and open to the public

A dance presentation of historic Isadora Duncan repertory and the premiere of a special new choreography "The Four Sylvan Sounds" inspired by the oil on wood panels by Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938). Choreography by Valerie Durham in the style of Isadora Duncan to the music of "A Hermit Thrush at Eve" by Amy Beach (1867-1944).

The Four Sylvan Sounds, by Thomas Dewing

The dancers performing in "The Art of Isadora Duncan: Inspirations in Nature and Art" represent years of direct legacy training in the authentic Duncan technique, through the most prestigious Duncan masters including Lori Belilove, Jeanne Bresciani, Hortense Kooluris and Julia Levien, and through them, directly back to Isadora Duncan herself.

 

Capital Fringe Festival
Revolutionary! Isadora Duncan's Words, Music, Dance

Performance Dates: July 9-25, 2009
The Venue: The Mountain - at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church

Freedom. Beauty. Death. Revolution. Isadora Duncan lived it and transformed it through her great art.  Witness this stunning dance/theater production of Duncan’s life story.  See brilliant, authentic reconstructions of Duncan’s most famous dances.  NOT TO BE MISSED!

A multimedia performance featuring actress Sarah Pleydell portraying Isadora Duncan, using Isadora's own words, and Isadora's classic dances performed by guest artist Valerie Durham, Ingrid Zimmer and Cynthia Word of Word Dance Theater.

Capital Fringe Festival
Revolutionary: Isadora Duncan's Words, Music, Dance

July 11-26, 2008
National Shakespeare Theatre at the Harman Center -- The Forum
The best-selling show of the Fringe" -- Variety
A multimedia performance featuring actress Sarah Pleydell portraying Isadora Duncan, using Isadora's own words, and Isadora's classic dances performed by Valerie Durham, Ingrid Zimmer and Cynthia Word of Word Dance Theater.

Praise for Valerie's performance: "Only in the stunning finale of “Butterfly,” performed in the July 12th matinee by Valerie Durham, is the movement ever nuanced with enough electricity to scale the wall between performer and audience." -- Miranda Hall, DC Theater Scene

The Dances of Isadora Duncan
Thursday May 1, 2008 at 7PM
The Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum
10001 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD .20814
Valerie Durham joined Cynthia Word and Ingrid Zimmer of Word Dance Theater in an inspiring and educational performance celebrating Isadora Duncan, founder of Modern Dance.  The performance explored the major themes of Isadora Duncan's art.  Masterworks from every phase of her life were presented concluding with "Mother Etude" and "Revolutionary Etude" from her Russian period circa 1924. Reviews from show:
Barbara Allen, The Washingon Post
Carmel Morgan, Critical Dance Ballet
George Jackson, Dance View Times

Imagination Stage: EdgeFest
The Art of Isadora Duncan: La Primavera
April 3 - 6, 2007
Imagination Stage
Bethesda, MD

This week-long festival featured prominent performers from Russia, Israel, Canada and Ohio with exciting performances geared toward children, families and art lovers in the DC area. The Duncan Dancers performed a dynamic new program "The Art of Isadora Duncan: La Primavera" which brings to life Boticelli's famous "Primavera" painting from the Renaissance. The performance was held at the Studio Theater at Imagination Stage on April 6 at 1:30pm.

There was also a lecture/demonstration for the pre-professionals dancers on Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 4:45pm. Led by Artistic Director Valerie Durham, the lecture and demonstration educated the students on the basic elements of the Duncan technique and allowed them to explore segments of Duncan classwork, repertory and improvisation exercises.

Finally, Valerie participated in jurying and paneling various selections offered by Imagination Stage and other dancers during the course of the festival.

Coppin State University Dance Festival
"Sharing the Stage: Shifting Attitudes About Dance in the Community"
James Weldon Johnson Auditorium
March 31, 2007 4pm

The Duncan Dancers performed "Ode to Dionysus" to the Scherzo movement of Schubert's Great Symphony at the Coppin State University Dance Festival "Sharing The Stage: Shifting Attitudes About Dance In The Community" at the James Wheldon Auditorium at 4pm on March 31, 2007. Hoots and hollers followed their rousing performance!

The Bacchanale!
Annapolis First Night New Year's Eve Celebration
December 31, 2006
Mitchell Gallery, St. John's College, Annapolis MD
The Duncan Dancers performed an exuberant and energetic program of Isadora Duncan choreographies, including the always popular "Bacchanale" -- a perfect dance for the New Year's! -- as part of the First Night Annapolis New Year's Eve celebration. With four standing-room-only performances in one evening, The Duncan Dancers were considered a "must-see" event at the First Night Annapolis 2007 celebration.

The Angels Were Dancing
Sunday, December 17, 6pm with a Meet-the-Artists Reception to follow
Greenbelt Arts Center, Greenbelt MD

The Duncan Dancers presented their new holiday tradition, "The Angels Were Dancing" at the Greenbelt Arts Center in Greenbelt, Maryland on December 17 at 6pm, with a special Coffee & Chocolate reception to meet the artists following. With favorites from last year including "I Saw Three Ships," "Ave Maria" and "Carol of Bells", this performance inspired and delighted audiences for the rest of the holiday season!

We were thrilled to have actor Bryan Richard Deehring join the performance, lending his charm and talent to bring moving and wonderful Christmas readings and poetry to complement the dance pieces throughout the program.

Mythology and Isadora Duncan Dances
Lecture and Demonstration
Mercy College English Honors Program
French Family Auditorium, Mercy College, Bronx, New York
November 14, 2006 10:45am
Valerie Durham presented a collection of the mythological dances choreographed by Isadora Duncan almost 100 years ago, including "Narcissus," "Furies" and "Bacchanale." Professors with the Mercy College English Honors Program lectured on the presence of mythological themes in English literature and society while Durham performed dances to highlight points brought forward by the professors. Open to students, faculty and the public.

34th Annual Maryland Dance Council Gala Concert
Saturday, October 28, 2006 5:45pm
Western High School, Baltimore MD

The Duncan Dancers performed in the Gala Concert for the Maryland Dance Council on October 28, 2006 with "Feathers Falling Into Titan Descent" a new work that brings together a traditional Duncan choreography with a contemporary choreography to original music and "Ode to Dionysus" to the Scherzo movement of Schubert's 9th Symphony. Sharing the stage with fine dance companies including The Art of the Solo (Mino Nicolas), Danse4Nia, Daring Artists Making Noise and Vissi Dance Theater of New York City, our works were extremely well-received by the audience.

Isadora Duncan and American Romanticism
Solo performance and lecture
French Family Auditorium, Mercy College, Bronx Campus, New York
Tuesday March 21, 2006 4pm

An exciting lecture and demonstration by Valerie Durham, Artistic Director of The Duncan Dancers, on the dancing revolution begun by Isadora Duncan more than 100 years ago and its profound impact on contemporary dance. Its roots were firmly steeped in the works of Romantic era artists, composers and philosophers such as Whitman, Keats, Chopin, Schubert, Beethoven, Thoreau and Emerson. Featuring classic Duncan repertory such as the Tanagra Figures, Water Study, Narcissus and the Bacchanale.

The Angels Were Dancing: A Celebration of Christmas
Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry and Bronx Campuses, New York
December 9 and 10, 2005

A repeat performance of the new traditional holiday program for the Mercy College Honors Program. Readings of Christmas poetry by Eileen McMahon.

The Angels Were Dancing: A Celebration of Christmas
Greenbelt Arts Center, Greenbelt MD
December 5, 2005

“The Angels Were Dancing” presented gorgeous Duncan works in a program that tell the story of Mary, the joy of Christmas morning and the true message of Christmas – not Santas and sleighs, but peace and goodwill toward men. Additionally, the program featured new choreographies, done in the Duncan style, to wonderful Christmas carol classics, including Carol of the Bells, O Holy Night, Greensleeves (What Child Is This?) and the Hallelujah Chorus of Handel's Messiah. Readings of Christmas poetry by David Thompson.

The Tempest
July 1 - 30, 2005 (Thu - Sun evenings) 8:30 pm
Annapolis Summer Garden Theater
Annapolis Maryland

Duncan-inspired choreography to the beautiful Tempest Suites composed by Jean Sibelius weaved into the production of the Shakespeare play.

"The Art of Isadora Duncan: Into the 21st Century" *
June 18, 2005 4 pm
Pascal Center for the Performing Arts
Anne Arundel Community College

A one-time performance run of The Duncan Dancers' popular program.

"The Art of Isadora Duncan: Into the 21st Century" *
June 11th 7 pm & June 12th at 3 pm
Isadora's Legacy: The Center for the Preservation of Modern Dance
112 E. Patrick Street, Frederick, Maryland

A two-performance run of The Duncan Dancers' popular program, featuring classical Duncan choreography, new choreographic works in the Duncan style, dramatic readings, live music and original compositions in the intimate and beautiful performing space in historic Frederick Maryland. Featuring Valerie Durham and The Duncan Dancers, Roberta Hoffman (Director of Isadora's Legacy), reader Barry Genderson and pianist Barbro Dahlman. The audience reveled in witnessing this inspiring program in the intimate setting of Isadora's Legacy.

Chesapeake Children's Museum Kids-N-Kaboodle Festival
June 5, 2005 12:00 pm on the main stage
Chesapeake Children's Museum
Bates Athletic Complex and Fields in Annapolis, Maryland

Free outdoor performance of Duncan's works as part of the CCM's annual popular children's fair near the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

The Art of Isadora Duncan: Into the 21st Century *
Greenbelt Arts Center
March 5, 2005

Inaugural performance of The Duncan Dancers. A sold-out performance presenting the classical repertory by Isadora Duncan, as well as new innovative choreography in the Duncan style to contemporary music. With this performance, The Duncan Dancers and Artistic Director Valerie Durham begin their mission to find new expression of the Duncan Dance art form in modern society.

Of particular note was "Titan Descent," an original composition and choreography commemorating the historic landing of the Hugyens-Cassini probe on Saturn's moon Titan on January 14, 2005. Read more about the performance.

* (Please note the program title "The Art of Isadora Duncan: Into the 21st Century" is unintentionally similar to an existing program title used by Lori Belilove & Company. Please visit their website to learn more about their exciting program.)

 
   
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