Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company
“This is Duncan dancing of unusual vigor, physical weight and whole-heartedness. The dancers stood out for their lyrical, beautifully shaped arms and hands… emotions and gestures rose out of the dancing rather than any look of acting. Throughout the program one felt much closer to Duncan the artist than to the romantic legend.”
— Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times
“Lori Belilove and her Company stand out… fervently committed performances… insights and revelations… sensuality… brilliant.”
— Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times
“Their dazzling blend of energy and fluid grace will take your breath away.”
— Terry Morris, Dayton Daily News
Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company is the resident performing troupe of the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation. Under the artistic direction of Lori Belilove, The Company performs over 80 authentic dances that highlight the unique qualities of Isadora Duncan’s repertoire, from the early lyrical pieces to the tragic solos, all with a purity of style and excellence of movement hailed by the international press. The all-female company is a spirited ensemble of highly trained and educated dancers; moreover, each member has received private coaching from noted Duncan authorities. They are distinguished by their deeply felt connection to the art of Isadora and to Artistic Director Lori Belilove´s interpretive vision and aesthetic sensibility. As a creative team, the troupe delves into new artistic territory as it explores ways to deliver the essence of Duncan into the 21st Century.
The company has toured widely in the United States, Canada, South America, and Europe in diverse settings ranging from the college and university circuit to performing arts centers, museums, outdoor festivals, and dance events. The Company has toured Cologne, Aachen, and Bonn, Germany, and also appeared at the Design Exchange in Toronto, Canada. In 2002 the Company performed at the Theater of the Russian Army and the Urania Theater (where Isadora had her debut) in Budapest for dignitaries welcoming modern dance back into their country.
Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company have been featured in many photographs, articles, and interviews in dance magazines and publications of the Associated Press including The New Yorker, The Smithsonian, Dance Magazine, Ballet Internationale, Korean Times, Dancar Magazine (Brazil), Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher Now, Dance Australia, and the Greek-American. In America, Brazil, Greece and Russia, Lori Belilove and other company members have been featured in TV specials and film documentaries.
On their home turf in New York City, the troupe has performed seasons at The Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Duke on 42nd Street, Symphony Space, the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, Whitney Museum of American Art, Carnegie Hall, Judson Memorial Church Theater, the 92nd Street Y, and has appeared as a guest company at numerous dance festivals. The Company is also known for their intimate and well-attended Salon Series, hosted at the Duncan Foundation Studio located in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Often, performances are combined with residencies, which include lectures, workshops or master classes. The Company’s performances range in length and venue size and often include question and answer segments where audience members mingle with the dancers.
Select National Tours & Residencies
Alabama – University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, Troy University
California – Chapman University, The Colburn School, Mills College, UC Berkeley, UC Long Beach, UC Sacramento
Florida –Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Cummer Museum of Art, Phillips Center for the Arts, University of North Florida
Illinois – Academy of Music and Movement, Chicago Arts Club, Harold Washington Library Auditorium, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Northwestern University
Indiana – Ball State University, Indiana University
Iowa – The Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts, University of Iowa
Kansas – Kansas State University
Maryland – Frostburg State University,The Peabody Preparatory of The Johns Hopkins University
Michigan – Eastern University of Michigan, Oakland University, Varner Recital Hall
Ohio – Capital University, Case Western University, Columbus Southern Theater,Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio State University, University of Akron, University of Ohio
Pennsylvania – Franklin & Marshall College, Roschel Performing Arts Center
Virginia – Randolph College
Tennessee – Buckman Center for the Arts
International Tours & Residencies
Brazil – Castro Alves Theater (Salvador, Bahia). Francisco Nunes Theater (Belo Horizonte). Teatro Centro Cultural (Sao Paulo). Teatro National (Brasilia). Teatro Villa Lobos (Rio de Janeiro).
Canada – International Design Exchange (Toronto)
China – Beijing Dance Academy. Beijing Normal University. Shenzhen Poly Theatre.
Germany – Internazionale Tanzwerkstatt Dance Festival (Bonn, Bielefeld, Aachen)
Greece – Dora Stratou Greek Dance Theatre (Athens). Samos City Hall Theater.
Hungary –Cultural Center Theater (Veszprem). 1st International Isadora Duncan Festival (Budapest). Theater of the Russian Army (Budapest).
Italy – Culture de Mari (Rome, Sicily, Malta)
Korea – 1st Jooksan International Arts Festival (Seoul)
Mexico – International Contemporary Dance Festival (Mexico City, Toluca)
Puerto Rico – International Dance Day (San Jose)
Russia – Moscow Diestvo Festival. International Performing Arts Center (Moscow).