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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.