Isadora Duncan

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Full NameAngela Isadora Duncan
Date of BirthMay 26, 1877 (or May 27, 1878)
Place of BirthSan Francisco, California, U.S.
Date of DeathSeptember 14, 1927
Place of DeathNice, France
NationalityAmerican, French, Soviet
Known forDance and choreography
MovementModern/contemporary dance
SpouseSergei Yesenin (married in 1922, separated in 1923)
PartnersEdward Gordon Craig, Paris Singer, Romano Romanelli, Mercedes de Acosta
Notable AchievementsPioneer of modern contemporary dance, performed to great acclaim throughout Europe and the US
Cause of DeathDied when her scarf became entangled in the wheel and axle of the car in which she was travelling in Nice, France
FamilyFather: Joseph Charles Duncan; Mother: Mary Isadora Gray; Siblings: Augustin Duncan, Raymond Duncan, Elizabeth Duncan;
Early LifeRaised in California, struggled with poverty after her parent’s divorce, dropped out of school at a young age, taught dance to local children for income
CareerJoined Augustin Daly’s theater company in New York, moved to London in 1898, performed in drawing rooms of the wealthy, developed her unique approach to dance, and traveled to Paris, inspired by the Louvre and Exposition Universelle of 1900

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