About the 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.

 

Selected National Tours & Residencies

 

Ohio – Columbus Southern Theater, Ohio State University, Capital University, Ohio University,  University of Akron, Case Western University, Oberlin College, Ohio State University,  Kenyon College
Pennsylvania – Franklin & Marshall College, Roschel Performing Arts CenterIllinois – Harold Washington Library Auditorium, Chicago Arts Club, Northwestern University 
Florida – University of North Florida, Cummer Museum of Art, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Phillips Center for the Arts
California –  The Colburn School, Los Angeles, UC Berkeley, UC Long Beach, UC Sacramento, Mills College, Chapman University
Alabama –  University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
Indiana –  Ball State University, Indiana University
Michigan – Oakland University, Varner Recital Hall, Eastern University of Michigan
Maryland – Frostburg State University
Tennessee – Buckman Center for the Arts

 

International Tours

 

Italy – Culture de Mari (South of Italy), Rome, Sicily, Malta
Russia – Moscow Diestvo Festival, International Performing Arts Center
Brazil – Castro Alves Theater, Salvador, Bahia - Teatro Centuro Cultural, San Paolo - Francisco Nunes Theater, Belo Horizonte - Teatro Centro Cultural, Sao Paulo - Teatro National, Brasillia - Teatro Villa Lobos, Rio de Janerio
Korea – 1st Jooksan International Arts Festival, Seoul
Hungary – 1st International Isadora Duncan Festival, Budapest - Theater of the Russian Army, Budapest - Cultural Center Theater, Veszprem
Germany – Internazionale Tanzwerkstatt Dance Festival:  Bonn, Bielefeld, Aachen
Mexico – International Contemporary Dance Festival,  Mexico City and Toluca
Canada – International Design Exchange, Toronto