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Isadora Duncan’s Innovative Dancing Comes to Life on ‘MTSU On the Record’


The artistry of a dance pioneer and an MTSU faculty member’s interpretations of her work will be the topic of the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Meg Brooker, an assistant professor of dance, will air from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, and from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, on WMOT-FM (89.5 and www.wmot.org).

Brooker will explore Isadora Duncan’s work Dec. 11-14 at a conference on musical movement in Moscow, where Brooker says Duncan is appreciated more than in the United States. The professor performed reconstructions of Duncan’s “Prelude” and “Narcissus” Nov. 19-22 at MTSU’s Fall Dance Concert.

Duncan is considered the mother of modern dance, a revolutionary whose free-flowing style represented a radical break from Victorian mores and inspired a more organic, nature-based form of choreography.

“As she worked on her dance movement, she studied natural forces like waves, the ocean, the way wind moves through trees,” said Brooker. “She also looked to ancient Greece and was inspired by some of the artwork in ancient Greek culture.”

Brooker will perform Duncan’s choreography of “Narcissus,” a waltz by Frederic Chopin, again at the Moscow conference. To view a video of her performance of “Narcissus” at the Spring Street Studios in Houston, Texas, go to http://vimeo.com/81231710.

To listen to previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to http://www.mtsunews.com/ontherecord/.

For more information, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.