Isadora Duncan

Dancer and Choreographer
Born May 27, 1877

Isadora Duncan was a dancer, considered by many to be the creator of modern dance. Born in the United States, she lived in Western Europe and the Soviet Union from the age of 22 until her death at age 50. In the United States she was popular only in New York, and only later in her life. She performed to acclaim throughout Europe.… Read More

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1877 Birth Born on May 26, 1877.


1896 19 Years Old In 1896 Duncan became part of Augustin Daly's theater company in New York, but she soon became disillusioned with the form. … Read More


1898 21 Years Old Feeling unhappy and unappreciated in America, Duncan moved to London in 1898. … Read More
1900 23 Years Old From London she traveled to Paris, where she drew inspiration from the Louvre and the Exposition Universelle of 1900.
1902 25 Years Old In 1902, Loie Fuller invited Duncan to tour with her. … Read More


1910 33 Years Old In 1910, Duncan met the occultist Aleister Crowley at a party (an episode recounted by Crowley in his Confessions abridged ed, p. 676) where he refers to Duncan under the name 'Lavinia King'; he would use the same invented name for her in his novel Moonchild. … Read More
1914 37 Years Old In 1914, Duncan moved to the United States and transferred the school there. … Read More
1915 38 Years Old Duncan had been due to leave the US in 1915 on board the RMS Lusitania on the voyage on which it sank, but historians believe her financial situation at the time drove her to choose a more modest crossing.


1921 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1921, her leftist sympathies took her to the Soviet Union where she founded a school in Moscow. … Read More
1922 45 Years Old On 2 May 1922 they married and Yesenin accompanied her on a tour of Europe and the United States.
1923 46 Years Old However, the marriage was brief, and in May 1923 he left Duncan and returned to Moscow. Two years later, on 28 December 1925 Yesenin was found dead in his room in the Hotel Angleterre in St Petersburg in an apparent suicide. … Read More


1927 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In his book Isadora, an Intimate Portrait, Sewell Stokes, who met Duncan in the last years of her life, describes her extravagant waywardness. Duncan's autobiography My Life was published in 1927. … Read More
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