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The Art of The Dance
The Dance of the Future
Der Tanz Der Zukunft
by
Isadora Duncan
Eugen Diederichs, Leipzig (1903)

This Page Last Modified on Nov. 2, 2007


If we seek the real source of the dance, if we go to nature, we find that the dance of the future is the dance of the past the dance of eternity, and has been and will always be the same. P12./P54 in The Art of The Dance.

The dance should simply be, c, the natural gravitation of this will of the individual, which in the end is no more nor less than a human translation of the gravitation of the universe. P13./P55 in The Art of The Dance.

It is the mission of all art to express the highest and most beautiful ideals of man.
c the dance was once the most noble of all arts; and it shall be again. From the great depth to which it has fallen, it shall be raised. The dancer of the future shall attain so great a height that all other arts shall be helped thereby.
To express what is the most moral, healthful and beautiful in art -- this is the mission of the dancer, and to this I dedicate my life.
P15./P56 in The Art of The Dance.

To find those primary movements for the human body from which shall evolve the movements of the future dance in ever-varying, natural, unending sequences, that is the duty of the new dancer of today. P16./P57 in The Art of The Dance.

The noblest in art is the nude. This truth is recognized by all, and followed by painters, sculptors and poets; only the dancer has forgotten it, who should most remember it, as the instrument of her art is the human body itself. P18./P58 in The Art of The Dance.

My intention is, in due time, to found a school, to build a theatre where a hundred little girls shall be trained in my art, ... In this school I shall not teach the children to imitate my movements, but to make their own. I shall not force them to study certain definite movements; I shall help them to develop those movements which are natural to them. Whosoever seers the movements of an untaught little child cannot deny that its movements are beautiful. They are beautiful because they are natural to the child. P21-22./P60-61 in The Art of The Dance.

c the dance of the future will have to become again a high religious art as it was with the Greeks. For art which is not religious is not art, is mere merchandise.
The dancer of the future will be one whose body and soul have grown so harmoniously together that the natural language of that soul will have become the movement of the body. The dancer will not belong to a nation but to all humanity
. P24-25./P62 in The Art of The Dance.


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