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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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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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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
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Silversmith Hotel, 10 S Wabash Avenue, Chicago