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Isadora Duncan: This is red! So am I!

Angela Isadora Duncan (May 26 or 27, 1877 – September 14, 1927) was an American dancer. Born in California, she lived in Western Europe and the Soviet Union from the age of 22 until her death at age 50. She performed to acclaim throughout Europe.

“She was bisexual, and alluded to her communism during her last United States tour, in 1922–23; Duncan waved a red scarf and bared her breast on stage in Boston, proclaiming, “This is red! So am I!”.

To 1929 η Mary Desti φίλη της Isadora εκδίδει ένα βιβλίο στην Νέα Υόρκη για την Isadora Duncan γεμάτο από ανακρίβειες, παραπληροφορήσεις και γεγονότα κατά την διάρκεια της ζωής της στην Σοβιετική Ένωση. Βάσει του βιβλίου της Mary Desti εκδίδεται το 1958 μια σειρά νουβέλες στην εφημερίδα Borba με τίτλο Duncan and Esesin όπως και η ιταλική ταινία Isadora Duncan. Βασισμένη στην αντι-κομμουνιστική ιδεολογία της ιμπεριαλιστικής Δύσης η ζωή και το έργο της Isadora Duncan στην Σοβιετική Ένωση γίνεται ένας εφιάλτης.

Η ίδια γράφει στο βιβλίο της “My Life”: “On the way to Russia, I had the detached feeling of a soul after death making its way to another sphere. I thought I had left all the forms of European life behind me fir ever. I actually believed that the ideal state, such as Plato, Karl Marx and Lenin had dreamed it, had now by some miracle be created on earth. With all the energy of my being, disappointed in the attempts to realise any of my art visions in Europe, I was ready to enter the ideal domain of communism.”

Το βιβλίο της Ilya Ilyitch Schneider “Isadora Duncan, The Russian Years” αποκαθιστά την ζωή και το έργο της Isadora Duncan στην Σοβιετική Ένωση.

Isadora Duncan, The Russian Years, Ilya Ilyitch Schneider, Macdonald, London,1968.


Από τον πρόλογο του βιβλίου:

“Isadora Duncan was like a force of nature. She was a woman far in advance of her time who very early in life decided that her native America could not be expected either to contain or to understand her: “America is not really for what i have to give. It is still sleeping.”

“At sixteen she left the United States for Europe. To travel to revolutionary Russia was not a logical and longed-for progression, it was also, as ‘the queen of gesture’ must have been aware, the most splendid of gestures.”