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A Time with Isadora: Update

A Time with Isadora, Movement Arts Atlanta’s (MAA) current major project, is making progress! Following are several updates, information about performances and what to look forward to next.

Since March 3, A Time with Isadora has raised $5,435 towards the first phase goal of $6,000. We hope to meet this goal by April 30. This first phase includes supporting the reconstruction of excepts from José Limón’s Dances for Isadora and the performance of these three dances during the Inman Park Dance Festival. After April 30, fundraising for the second phase of the project will begin. For this phase the goal is $9,000 which will support the reconstruction of an original Isadora Duncan work, commissions for three new dances by Atlanta choreographers and the performance of all of these dances on September 29 at the Trolley Barn.

From April 1 through April 4, Movement Arts Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, hosted Natalie Desch the Limón Foundation Reconstructor. She worked with three Atlanta based artists, Julie Feracota, Andie Knudson, and Mercy Matthews, who learn the solos, Primavera, Maenad and Niobe, which are three of the five dances of Limón’s Dances for Isadora. In addition to teaching these solos, Ms. Desch also taught two masterclasses which were attended by dancers from ages 10 to 75. The work of the weekend was joyful and engaging. These events were documented with photographs taken by John Ramspott. Here is a gallery of some of the reconstruction rehearsals and here is a gallery of one of the master classes.

During the last month, the three choreographers for the commissioned works have been confirmed. New works based on the theme of A Time with Isadora, how one artist influences many, will be made by: Carolyn Stine McLaughlin, Director of Movement Arts Atlanta; Douglas Scott, Artistic/Executive Director of Full Radius Dance; and, George Staib, Artistic Director of Staib Dance.

The first performance of the project will be the presentation of the three solos from Dances for Isadora at the Inman Park Dance Festival (IPDF). IPDF will celebrate it 20th anniversary during two free performances on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 at 4:00 pm in the Trolley Barn, 963 Edgewood Avenue, 30307. MAA along with Atlanta Historic Dance, Ballethnic, Full Radius Dance, the Georgia Ballet, and ImmerseATL will perform works spanning 350 years of concert dance; Baroque, ballet and modern.

Next steps for A Time with Isadora are exciting and numerous. Details about a documentary film are just around the corner. There will be more fundraising with solicitation of donations and sponsorships, a raffle and perhaps a champaign (Isadora’s favorite drink) tasting. There will be the reconstruction of an original Isadora Duncan work. Support will be provided to the commissioned artists as they make the new works for the project. And of course, all the details will need to be managed for the major performance of the project in September at the Trolley Barn.


A Time with Isadora – A Major Project for MAA

Movement Arts Atlanta is happy to announce the beginning of its inaugural major project, A Time with Isadora. The project will present conversation and performance around the phenomenon of the “Mother of Modern Dance,” Isadora Duncan with original Duncan work, excerpts from José Limón’s Dances for Isadora and new works by Atlanta dance artists.

The first event of the project will be two Limón master classes with Natalie Desch. These will take place while Ms. Desch is in Atlanta to set the excerpts from Limón’s Dances for Isadora. The classes will take place Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm at Dance Foundry. Further information about the classes and registration is available here. The cost of each class is $30, a package of two classes is $45.

The preliminary performance of the project will be the performance of two of Limón Dances for Isadora as part of the 20th Anniversary Inman Park Dance Festival which is a program of the Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes. The dance festival’s two free performances will take place Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 at 4:00 pm in The Trolley Barn. The performances will include dances spanning more that 350 years of dance history with performance by Atlanta Historic Dance, Ballethnic, Full Radius Dance, The Georgia Ballet, ImmerseATL and Movement Arts Atlanta.

During the period of May 2022 and September 2022, the project will continue with the reconstruction of an original Duncan work from the early 20th century and the commissioning of new works with the themes of one artist’s influence on another, how artists are inspired to make work and the misconceptions around how the creation of this work happens.

The second performance of the project will be a salon style performance that will include the Duncan selection, three excerpts from Dances for Isadora, the new works by Atlanta area choreographers and a moderated discussion on Thursday, September 29 at 7:00 pm at The Trolley Barn. Tickets are available here.

Fundraising for this project is underway. Friends of Inman Park has agreed to be the fiscal agent for the project so that donations are tax deductible. The project is also looking for in-kind support such as hosting at the performances and organizing refreshments. Please visit the Support page for further details.


You Are Invited: Student Recital

On Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 3:00 pm, Movement Arts Atlanta will present its Student Recital. The afternoon’s program will include ballet and modern dances performed by students age three through adult. The performance will take place at Delta Park, 40 Delta Place NE, 30307 and is free and open to the public.

The first part of the program will present the work of the Kinderdance and ballet students. The piece, Music Box Ballerinas, is set to recordings of music composed by Brahms, Chopin, and Mozart arranged and recorded as if it was being played by a music box. The short pieces of the work demonstrate the progression of technique and skill as a student studies dance from ages three through ten.

The second part of the program is Good Fun. This dance is performed by the students of Multi-Age Beginning Modern and has performers from age five through adult. It is set the music by Brazilian guitarist Luiz Bonffá and includes movements that demonstrate modern dance principles such as suspension and release. In addition to the academic demonstration, the dance is lively and playful.


Come Fly with Les Papillon!

Movement Arts Atlanta is happy to announce the creation of the parade crew, L’Esprit des Papillons. This group creates a fun way for students and supporters of MAA to move in local parades and festivals.

Open to adults and children over the age of 7. Each event will be proceeded by rehearsals to create short pieces of choreography for the event. Costumes are created by the participants within the guidelines set by MAA. The intended vibe is 1900 – 1920’s with a French flair.

There are two events planned for the crew for the 2019-2020 Season. The first is the Little 5 Points Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 4:00 pm. The second is the Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes Parade on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm.

For participation in the Little 5 Points Halloween Parade, marchers need to participate in Papillon Practices on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, complete a registration and waiver and be available for the parade on Saturday, October 19 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Please, visit this Google Form to sign-up to participate.

Movement Arts Atlanta thanks Alison Gordan for suggesting this wonderful idea and keeping it going. There is a time to dance, in the streets!

UPDATE: Les Papillon will not be participating in the Little 5 Points Halloween Parade. Instead it will make is debut in the Inman Park Festival and Tour of Homes Parade in April of 2020.

The Papillon Practices (movement and costume construction) for our premier are set for Saturdays, February 1 and 29 and, Sunday, March 15, each from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Please, visit this Google Form to sign-up to participate.


Help From Friends – MAA Students to Perform

The student’s of Movement Arts Atlanta will present a recital on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 3:00 pm at the International Montessori Academy, 1240 Euclid Avenue NE. The program will include two tap dances and a short story ballet, Help from Friends: Cinderella Get a New Dress.

Admission is free and friends, family and the public are welcome to attend. The performance will be followed by a short reception with light refreshments.