Isadora Duncan was born in Oakland, California in 1877. Her
mother was an accomplished pianist who introduced her to the
great composers, whose music later inspired Isadora's creation
of a new dance form. Isadora's genius was appreciated by her
family when she was very young, but her revolutionary ideas on
dance were not well accpeted in America. When Isadora was in
her teens, the family moved to Europe, where her genius was recognized.
Even so, raising money was always difficult, until Isadora met
her "Lohengrin", an American heir to the Singer sewing
machine fortune. With his financial support, she founded schools
of Duncan dance in France and Germany. Eventually, Isadora gained
great fame in both Europe and America; in fact, in the entire
Severe tragedy struck at the peak of her fame. Her two children
were drowned when their car rolled into the Seine. When she eventually
returned to her Art with the encouragement of the great actress
Eleanor Duse, her choreography reflected her suffering.
Painting of Isadora Duncan
by Fritz August von Kaulbach
"Isadora Duncan, The Art of the Dance"
Courtesy Theatre Arts Books.