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Duncan, Isadora

Born: 1878 AD
Died: 1927 AD
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1877 – She was born Dora Angela Duncan on the 26th day of May this year in San Francisco, California, she is considered by many to be the mother of Modern Dance. She attended school for the early years of her life, but dropped out because she found it to be constricting to her individuality.


1909 – She moved to two large apartments at 5 Rue Danton where she lived on the ground floor and used the first floor for her dance school.


1913 – When the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées was built in this year, her face was carved by sculptor Antoine Bourdelle and painted in the murals by Maurice Denis. Her private life was subject to considerable scandal, especially following the tragic and horrific drowning of her children Deirdre and Patrick in an accident on the Seine River in 1913.


1922 – She acted on her sympathy for the social and political experiment being carried out in the new Soviet Union and moved to Moscow. In her last United States tour in this year, she waved a red scarf and bared her breast on stage in Boston


1924 – The Russian government’s failure to follow through on extravagant promises of support for Duncan’s work, combined with the country’s Spartan living conditions, sent her back to the West in this year.


1925 – Her former husband Russian poet Sergei Yesenin, who was 18 years her junior died this year after coming suicide.


1927 – She died of freak automobile accident in Nice, France, on the night of September 14, 1927 at the age of 50.

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