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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!

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Welcome to Marie Carstens and Marybeth Hraniotis, joining the IDIS Steering Committee for 2017

We are thrilled to welcome Marie Carstens and Marybeth Hraniotis to the IDIS steering committee. Both are direct lineage Duncan dancers. Marie is also a dance therapy professional and Marybeth has developed her own way of working with psycho-physical integration via dance, aromatherapy, and more. They will be bringing all their amazing knowledge to our 2017 Symposium. Read their full bios here.


We are getting close to announcing our location and dates for the 2017 Symposium. We don’t want to jinx anything but it’s looking very exciting…stay tuned…


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Pre-and-Post Conference Events

Pre-Conference: Wed, June 10th

Tour of Millennium Park (Meet at Joffrey Tower between 3-3:15pm)

If you’re getting into town on Wednesday, we have booked a free tour of Millennium Park with Chicago Greeter at 3:30pm. Meet us at the Joffrey Tower between 3-3:15 so we can go over together. Millennium Park is a gorgeous, a state-of-the-art collection of architecture, landscape design and art that provide the backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours, and family activities An inspiring interaction between sculpture, architecture and nature, and an iconic feature of the Chicago landscape. Please RSVP to info@duncansymposium.com . We do need to know numbers!

Meet-up at Palmer House Hilton at 6pm

Join us at the historic Palmer House lobby for a casual kick off to the symposium. Built over 140 years ago, The Palmer House would have surely been a place Isadora might have visited during her brief time in Chicago. It’s also the site where the brownie was invented! We’ll meet in the lovely art deco lobby for tea and brownies, drinks and some pre-symposium conversation. Come say hi to friends!

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Palmer House Lobby: 17 E. Monroe Street, Chicago

You’re welcome to join for one or both! We think these will be a lovely, relaxed way to connect with other attendees before the Symposium kicks off on Thursday morning.

Post-Conference: Sat, June 13th

Following the Symposium, we’re happy to invite you to a reception and dinner at the Silversmith Hotel, beginning at 5pm….we hope you’ll be able to join us to celebrate the end of our time together! Here are the options; please select what you would like from the drop-down menu on the Paypal button to pay and reserve your spot.

5-6:30pm Reception 
Light food with a cash bar
Contribution $20
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6:30pm Dinner
Adamus Restaurant
Contribution $55
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BOTH: $75
Click to reserve your place at both


Silversmith Hotel, 10 S Wabash Avenue, Chicago