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Lois Ann Flood – a lone figure – solo dancer in gossamer silks
stark on whatever plane of performance is given
bringing to life the elegant passionate dances of the great Isadora Duncan.
To have Isadora Duncan be properly recognized and acknowledged
by a permanent exhibit in the History Department at the Oakland
Isadora Duncan, World Renowned Artist, California Native Daughter
was raised in Oakland California. Isadora was born in 1877, grew up and lived
in Oakland for eighteen years where she gained much of her inspiration.
She was known throughout the world as the Mother of Modern Dance.
Also known for her revolutionary ideas and commitment to social change.
Her philosophy on dance and movement brought a revolutionary inspiration
to the Art of the Dance. Included in her new dance were, passion,
strength, grief, defiance, and grace.
From the 1910’s on she was world renowned not only as a dancer but as a
symbol of revolution and women’s emancipation. Isadora was a writer and
choreographer, not merely a dancer. She danced her own compositions.
Her many contributions included returning dance to a high art form.
She opened a school for children in Russia at the beginning of the Russian
revolution. She had very progressive concepts of education with emphasis
on art and music. Isadora had a great influence on the Russian Ballet and also
helped influence contemporary women’s fashion.
She was a supporter of the New Left Movement in the United States. She raised
funds for Sacco and Vanzetti’s defense.
She has been acknowledged by two major newspapers, the Oakland Tribune
and the Washington Post, as one of the most influential people of the Twentieth
World famous sculptor, Auguste Rodin, said Isadora was one of his greatest
inspirations and that she was “Perhaps the greatest woman the world
has ever known”.
Oakland has the opportunity to recognize an internationally acclaimed woman who
is our very own Daughter and a part of Oakland’s History and Heritage! READ LESS
Lois is a Priestess of Isis, inducted by Lady Loreon of Isis Oasis herself. Isis Oasis is one of the truly great venues for Women’s Events in Northern California. View her Certificate.
Performance at the Pardee House Museum,
Oakland California on April 19, 2015
Yesterday Lois had the wonderful opportunity to perform at the Pardee House for a group of supporters and officers of the museum, the entertainment program of an event created to thank these people. There were perhaps sixty people packed into the living room and hallway of what was the home of George Pardee as a youngster and on to be the home of his family and his wife, Helen. Pardee was a medical doctor and politician who became mayor of Oakland and later Governor of California, 1903 to 1907.
So this is why it was so wonderful. The house is actually in the nearby neighborhood to where Isadora grew up in Oakland. It is one block from the still existing Oakland Unitarian Church where Isadora first performed. Lois was introduced as Isadora by Dennis, dressed in evening attire of the period, playing Governor Pardee. Full story
“Beautiful Dreamer” by donnio
Vallejo photographer donnio took photos of Lois at her last performance, then photoshopped her into a beautiful outdoor setting. View it, and also a photo by Lois’ friend Gene, accompanied by original music by Daniel Zwickel ben Avrám by clicking here.
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A Triumph for Expression through Dance.
Isadora Duncan, a Classical Legacy
Solo Dancer – Lois Flood
founder of Diablo Dance,
Place your hands on your heart, listen to your soul. There is the true revolution. Let the people place their hands in this way on their hearts, and in listening to their souls they will know how to conduct themselves. –Isadora Duncan
Isadora Duncan (1878-1927) Isadora Duncan an American icon who greatly influenced 20th century art world was a revolutionary, a pioneer and a legend! Often called the “mother of modern dance”, she was an artist and innovator who liberated dance from the confines of the ballet of her time and elevated it to a new art form based on simple, natural movement and the ancient Greek ideal. Read a fuller bio from the Encyclopedia of the American Left, “Isadora, a Radical Visionary”.
Ms. Flood has studied and performed with the second generation Duncan exponents, has performed at museums, colleges and theatres, San Francisco's Legion of Honor, St. Mary’s College, Danville Theatre, and has given benefit concerts for Peace and Justice Centers.
Master Classes are available
Programs can be tailored for most events
Rates available upon request
Through dance and story, significant events become impressionable, such as feminist achievements, historical and social celebrations, art events – all can have a stronger impact on participants.
We bring to you the importance of Isadora’s Legacy.
“Dancing must Express humankind's most moral, beautiful and healthful ideals” –Isadora Duncan
Contact: Lois Flood
P.O Box 444 Alamo, CA. 94507 * (925) 820-2750
E-mail: laflood4peace @ sbcglobal.net
ISADORA DUNCAN – DANCER, REVOLUTIONARY, LEGEND
ISADORA was a Native Daughter, born in San Francisco in 1877. Influenced by the natural beauty of California, ancient Greek art and classical music, she created a revolution in dance – and in art.
She discovered the fundamentals of classical modern dance, a form that expressed her feelings, reaching to the depths of her soul, a true “Triumph of Expression”. It is that profound connection with the organic in the art of dance which makes her contribution unique, and timeless. Hers is a true “triumph of expression”.
HER FAME reached many continents, influencing Russian ballet, fashion and, through the freedom and strength of her art, women’s emancipation.
DUNCAN had become, by 1900, renowned for the expressive aesthetic of her dance, performing at many opera houses in Europe to sold out audiences.
TODAY her choreography will transport the audience to a time when natural, expressive movement was discovered anew, and accepted as an exciting direction for art and dance.
“The dancer of the future will be one whose body and soul have grown so harmoniously together that the natural language of that soul will have become the movement of the body. The dancer will not belong to a nation, but to all humanity.”
DANCE PERFORMANCE: “THE LEGACY AND LIFE OF ISADORA DUNCAN”
SOLO DANCER LOIS FLOOD interprets the historical choreography of Isadora Duncan. The performance may be from one to one and a half hours presenting these lyrical, dramatic and revolutionary dances. Many are no longer than four minutes, keeping the program moving at a steady pace. Included will be dance dances from Brahms’ Suite, opus 39, titled “The Many Faces of Love”; Tchaikovsky’s “March Slav”; waltzes by Schubert and music by Gluck; and dances that tell stories of Greek myths.
FLOOD’S costume, much of her own recreation, is similar to Duncan’s flowing silk tunic.
A GUEST ARTIST will read ancient poems at interludes during the performance, inspiring and moving for audiences of all ages.
“To express what is most beautiful and healthful in art”: this is the mission of the dancer.
Paintings by Jules Grandjouan
from the Lois Flood Collection
Lois Ann Flood
Lois has been performing the exquisite dances of Isadora Duncan for over 20 years. Her interpretations are widely recognized for their dynamic, expressive and dramatic qualities. She is also acknowledged for her sensitive and profound musicality as she creates visual music though movement.
Her Duncan dance studies include the great exponents of this generation, Hortense Kooluris, Julia Levien and Mignon Garland.
She has performed and taught master classes in NYC, Paris and San Francisco.
Lois is well known in the Northern California area, where she performs lecture/dance programs at theaters, museums and colleges.
Lois grew up in NYC where she initially studied ballet. She has spent many years teaching Duncan Dance to all ages and is the founder of Diablo Dance Theatre. Lois currently resides in Danville, California.
For more on Lois, her classes and her study and teaching experience, click on: MORE ABOUT LOIS.
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P.O Box 444 Alamo, CA. 94507 * (925) 820-2750
E-mail: laflood4peace @ sbcglobal.net