Monday, March 10, 2014

The Dance of the Furies

Choreogrpahy : Isadora Duncan (c. 1904)
Music: Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787) from Orfeo Eurydice
Staged and Directed by Lori Bellilove
 "The Furies or Erinyes were powerful Greek divinities who intervened to punish those who committed sacrilegious crimes.  They were at once tormentors and the damned; lost souls who jealously patrolled the entrance to the underworld."

 "For Duncan, the movements of the Furies are deliberately contorted as befits their deformed natures recalling Rodin's Gates of Hell.  It is fair to say that contemporary modern dance, with its stress on weight, tension and abstraction, made its first full-fledged appearance in Isadora's Dance of the Furies in 1904."
exceprted from the MOMENTA program
 Emma was truly honored to perform this challenging work among an accomplished group of older dancers.  The littlest of the Furies  proved she was not less fierce than anyone else last night, but she couldn't help smiling when she was taking her well-deserved bow!

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