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IDIS 2017 Schedule of Events

IDIS 2017 FINAL (2)We are excited to share the Schedule of Events for 2017. The offerings this year are rich and include presenters from Europe (including Turkey and Russia), South America, and North America. It’s a privilege to present so many acknowledged masters of the Duncan work, as well as exciting new voices, on the same program, as always, dedicated to dialogue, learning and exchange.

Please have a look at the SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE HERE.

Or, browse Presenter Biographies and Session Descriptions.

Not registered yet? Go for it online with Brown Paper Tickets.

**We are also planning a few wonderful pre-and-post-conference events which you can read about here and register for on Brown Paper Tickets or via email at info@duncansymposium.com**

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Just two months left…

With just two months to go until the 3rd Isadora Duncan International Symposium, now is the time to make your plans and buy your flights.

Join us Wednesday for a tour of Isadora’s SF led by Marie Carstens and Mary Ruth Hammond. Then meet at the elegant Palace hotel for an informal drinks gathering. Thursday morning sessions begin…we are thrilled to be hosting a variety of Duncan dance masters and new voices in the field. Full schedule will be announced soon.


Registration can be completed online for both the Symposium and the tour!

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Early Bird Discount Ends on Saturday, April 1

(And that’s no joke!)

Reminder, the early bird discount for the 2017 Isadora Duncan International Symposium ends on Saturday, April 1. If you wish to take advantage of the lower rate, please register right away: https://duncansymposium.com/register

Make sure to mark your calendar for Wednesday, August 9 (to arrive) through Sunday, August 13 (to depart). The actual symposium will take place at the ODC Theater Building in The Mission, San Francisco from Thursday, August 10 through Saturday, August 12.

We are busy working on the schedule of presentations for the symposium in San Francisco. We are looking forward to our tour of historic Isadora sites around San Francisco on Wednesday afternoon, our Saturday evening reception and dinner, and a Sunday gathering to dance on the beach – just like Isadora! More details on everything to come soon, so stay tuned!

And please spread the word! We want to see as many Duncan Dancers as possible at this amazing symposium and meeting of such beautiful dancers, artists, scholars, friends and even family. Email your dance colleagues the registration information and website: www.duncansymposium.com

See you in August!

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Proposal Deadline Extended

The deadline for proposal submissions has been extended to January 15, 2017! Submissions can certainly be made earlier, but we hope to give our potential presenters a bit more time to work on and submit their presentation proposals. Submissions can be made here.

We look forward to receiving your exciting and inspiring presentation proposals to be part of the 2017 Isadora Duncan International Symposium in San Francisco, where we all gather together in Isadora’s historic birthplace!

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Call for Proposals Now Open!

The call for proposals for IDIS 2017 is now open. Please read the requirements below, and



We are now accepting proposals to present at the 2017 Isadora Duncan International Symposium. Presentation at the symposium is open to all practitioners and scholars of Duncan dance and related techniques, including performance, choreography, repertory, education, research and scholarship, criticism, photography, visual and multimedia art and biography. The conference working language is English.

All attendees, including presenters, must register for the symposium. Early registration by March 1, 2017, is $200 for the full, three-day event. After March 1, 2017, symposium registration is $225 for the three-day event, and all sessions are open to all attendees. Registration is NOT transferable, and only officially accepted presenters will be permitted to present. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2601693

The proposal deadline is DECEMBER 1, 2016.


The 2017 Symposium theme is “Resurgence: Bridging Time and Techniques.” 140 years after Duncan’s birth, we gather in San Francisco to explore the city and landscape that informed her early artistic development. San Francisco was then, and is now, a city teeming with promise and possibility. Inspired by this late nineteenth century atmosphere of discovery and self-creation, Duncan forged a global vision linking movement, nature, education, and artistic practice.

The early influences on Duncan’s work are varied and include popular sources, as well as classical, romantic, and existential European philosophy, music and literature. In framing your proposal, please consider how your contemporary practice or perspective on Duncan’s work, or on a related practice, “bridges” with Duncan’s turn-of-the-twentieth century context. You might consider the following questions. Duncan responded to the state of education and dance performance practices in her day, are there elements of her approach that still seem fresh and relevant? Are there elements of Duncan’s technique and practice that are overlooked, undervalued, or in danger of being lost? Which aspects of Duncan’s early work are we moving forward in 21st century artistic practice and movement education?

The symposium is an opportunity for Duncan dance practitioners to demonstrate their methods and techniques, share important experience and knowledge, and present research and scholarship to a wider international Duncan community. It is also an opportunity for both presenters and participants to learn from each other in practical, theoretical, physical and artistic realms.

In crafting your proposal, please address the symposium theme. We will attempt to accommodate as many presenters as possible. You may submit more than one presentation for consideration. However, the number of slots may be limited due to scheduling and facility availability. Presenters will be notified of proposal acceptance by Feb 15, 2017, and all presenters must register for the conference.

*Please note that the symposium is a context for exchanging ideas and soliciting feedback from peers in the field of Duncan dance. This is NOT a festival or a venue for producing performance work. All choreographic showings, including showings of original Duncan repertory, should be structured with a designated time to invite dialogue and reflection.

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Early Bird Registration for IDIS 2017 in San Francisco Now Open!

Exciting News! Early Bird registration to attend the Isadora Duncan International Symposium 2017 in San Francisco is now open.

Our theme is “Resurgence: Bridging Time and Techniques.” We are so delighted to bring our bi-annual symposium will alight on the location of Isadora’s birth and early childhood. Surrounded by the land, the shore, the waves and the winds that inspired her appreciation of nature and movement, we will experience three amazing and inspiring days of workshops, master technique classes, lectures, presentations, new work, choreographic showings and much more.

Start making your plans now!

August 10-12, 2017
ODC Dance Commons: 
Main Office/Theater/School
351 Shotwell Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

The ODC Theater Building, where we will host IDIS 2017

The ODC Theater Building, where we will host IDIS 2017

We will have our Call for Proposals out soon (start thinking of ideas if you wish to present!) and will also post accommodation, transportation and other information soon. Join our mailing list here if you want to receive our emails and the call for proposals.

We are also working to look at additional tours of the area, to visit historic sites and important Isadora landmarks.

Reserve your spot now at the early bird rate! Register here.

And see you in San Francisco, August 10-12, 2017. We can’t wait!