Friday, 26 June 2015

A Manifesto for the Hysterical


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I am…



Wild.





I am wild, and passionate, and carefree.



I am expressive, emotional and extrovert.



I am strong, driven and articulate.



I am intelligent, philosophical and analytical.



I am aware, sensitive and compassionate.



I am political, unashamed and outspoken.



I am loyal, fierce and protective.



I am insecure, vulnerable and unsure.



I am all these things, and more.





I know who I am, and I am not afraid to be myself.



I am not afraid to ask for what I need.



I am not afraid to challenge what I see.



I am not afraid to speak out when I disagree.





I will not pretend.



I always bleed when I am cut, and I always fall when I feel weak.





Bottled up no more.



The Raven will caw;



“I am me, and you will see I will change this world. I will soar”.




I would rather be me, than a version I could pretend to be.




Monday, 15 June 2015

Isadora Duncan, Manifesto and Mythology



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 Isadora Duncan


Photo by Raymond Duncan. 


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‘From all parts of her body shall shine radiant intelligence, bringing to the world the message of the thoughts and aspirations of thousands of women.  

She shall dance the freedom of women’ 

(Isadora Duncan, 1928)


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(Ann Daly, 1995)


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The only recorded footage of Duncan appears here: http://jiscmediahub.ac.uk/record/display/031-00033110


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Daly, Ann (1995) Done into Dance: Isadora Duncan in America. Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press. 

Duncan, Isadora (1928) “‘The Dancer of the Future’, The Art of Dance” in Huxley, Michael and Witts, Noel (eds.) (2002) The Twentieth-Century Performance Reader. 2nd ed. London: Routledge, pp. 171-175.

n.b. Duncan wrote ‘The Dancer of the Future’ c. 1902, but it wasn’t published until 1928 by Theatre Arts Books, New York.