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Falling with Style by Zaccho Dance Theatre
September 23, 2008, 5:44 am
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June 2, 1985

”I aim to speak the language of humanity, not the dialect of a folk.” The founding mothers of modern dance in America were prone to making such pronouncements and this statement, typically, came from the mother of them all, Isadora Duncan. Just as typically and in the same interview with The San Francisco Examiner in 1917, Isadora felt compelled to declare where her ”center of inspiration” lay. As the reporter indicated, she placed her hand on her breast and then on her brow. For Isadora, the source of movement was in the solar plexus. Later, in the 1930’s, the phrase ”fall and recovery” would be identified with the movement principles of Doris Humphrey just as ”contraction and release” would be identified with Martha Graham.

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Here are a few more wonderful examples of falling with style.

The first one is from a great friend and artist Elizabeth Streb. Now, the “don’t try this at home” warning really applies here!

If you want to know more about Elizabeth’s work visit her web site:

Next is Shen Wei. You may recognize some of his work from the Olympic’s opening ceremony. Shen Wei did the choreography for the calligraphy section (among others).

Shen Wei can be found at:

The last example is from Rennie Harris. Rennie is a fantastic hip hop choreographer from Philadelphia.

Check out his web site:


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I just watched the clip of Elizabeth Streb’s work. I truly didn’t even fully understand what I was seeing. Was it illusion? It was very inspiring how joyful and upbeat the energy was. Though they were doing very physical work, they managed to bring a fluffy consistency to it that mesmerized me as much as the choreography and skill itself. Wow!

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