The Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation’s Historical Archive

 

 

During its existence, the Foundation has acquired an extensive collection of historical materials related to Isadora’s life and work, largely through donations and gifts. Our archival collection includes an assortment  of fine art comprised of over 70 works, among them rare historical textiles, photographs and personal papers. They also house the Foundation’s institutional history of programs, collaborations, video, film, and photo documentation of Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company. The collection includes unique materials from second and third-generation Duncan dancers, such as correspondence, rare programs, papers, photographs and drawings. The Foundation is also extremely fortunate to have acquired Isadora’s technique notebook, written in her own hand, as well as first edition and rare books. Archival-quality storage materials ensure the longevity of these objects and materials for future use as part of exhibitions and for merchandising purposes. Through on-going conservation, these treasures of the Duncan legacy is made available for research for years to come.


Preserving Isadora Duncan Dance


Calling on her direct lineage to guide her, Lori Belilove has scrupulously reconstructed, documented, restaged, and performed the majority of Isadora’s works to make them accessible to the dance world and the public at large. Through Lori, Isadora’s groundbreaking oeuvre is being preserved for future generations. Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation recordings have been donated to the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts and filed with the Library of Congress, where they exist to provide a permanent digital archive of the repertory and support the preservation of the visionary legacy of the mother of modern dance, Isadora Duncan.