Quiet Riot


Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham have long been revered as leaders in propelling modern dance forward. Because their techniques were both built out of their need to express their struggles with their current social norms, their versions of modern dance can be seen as embodied feminism. Modern dance was born as a rebellion against ballet, and the restrictive elements of that technique. Well known for freeing the torso, Isadora Duncan based her technique off of naturalistic movement. Martha Graham’s technique comes from a focus on breath that evolved into contraction and release, which is the contraction of the spine that releases into a flat back. The theater piece that I created was a connection between the work of those two women and feminism. The piece was also an expansion of the exploration of using the physicality of modern dance to embody elements of feminism.

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Maria Porter

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Theatre, Dance, and Arts Management