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Jeanne Bresciani & The Isadora Duncan International Institute Dancers

The dances preserved and enlivened by the dancers of this institute stem from Isadora Duncan, the mother,

matriarch and matrix of Modern Dance via the complete American lineage in performance from Maria-Theresa,

Anna and Irma Duncan and pedagogical influence from Anita Zahn. Maria-Theresa Duncan, the adopted

daughter of Isadora, the “last dancing Isadorable,” continued in her art fifty years beyond her adoptive sisters to

found the Isadora Duncan International Institute (IDII) in 1977.

Jeanne Bresciani Has Been Hailed By The International Press As:

“The foremost interpreter of Duncan’s dance in North America”

“The Divine in Motion”

“The keeper of the Duncan Flame”

“The standard bearer of the Duncan tradition”

“A force to be reckoned with”

“Dynamo of the Dance”

“The essence of the reincarnation of Isadora Duncan”

“The true heiress of Isadora Duncan’s intuitions and revolutionary ideas”

“If there is a style called ‘Neo-classical Avant-garde’, Jeanne Bresciani is the living embodiment of it.”

Jeanne Bresciani by. Roberto Sisini - Copy.jpg

The IDII Dancers, Resident Ensemble Company,

Performs to Great Acclaim:

“Isadora, Adored…” 2011

“Placed in a garden or simply on a lawn, Duncan’s dances swell in meaning. They grow from

miniatures of beauty to vessels that retain the secrets of the universe…” 2005

“Isadora Duncan enchanted audiences in the early 20th century. And thanks to artists like

Jeanne Bresciani, Duncan still enchants today…these dancers along with a cadre of young,

capable adherents, transfixed. Not only did they carry off Duncan’s original works with purity,

they were transformed. So too was the audience — astonished by Bresciani, in particular, who

once again appeared as Duncan’s reincarnate.” 2011

“Performing to a sold-out house, the Chopin works were breathtakingly performed by Bresciani

and company, dancing with intense emotion that elegantly expressed a panoply of feelings,

leaving the audience in a trance.” 2012

“All conspired to forge an unforgettable experience in works by Bresciani and Duncan at

Kaatsbaan with Bresciani and Company delivering the mythic and the magical in Isis to Isadora.”



Jerome L. Greene Foundation -Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation - Trust for Mutual Understanding - National Endowment for the Arts - Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation

Hearst Corporation - New York State Council for the Arts - The Billy Rose Foundation - Private Donors

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