shannon c. mcmullan

2017 Isadora Duncan International Symposium

Mission Statement: The Isadora Duncan International Symposium (IDIS) is an organization for the international community of practitioners of the philosophy, technique, choreography and legacy of Isadora Duncan. IDIS provides opportunities in which practitioners can share work, learn best practices, and develop new colleagues, thus strengthening and enlarging the existing world-wide Duncan community in order to expand the reach and impact of Isadora’s revolutionary ideas.

At the 2017 IDIS in San Francisco, CA, Shannon performed "Allegretto" with Dances by Isadora, choreography by Catherine Gallant, and the reconstruction of "Bacchanal".

Between 1904 and 1908 Isadora Duncan performed solo to the second, third and fourth movements of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. She danced onstage accompanied by a full orchestra lead by luminary conductors including Walter Damrosch. Much of the original work was lost but Maria Theresa Duncan, one of the six adopted students of Isadora, created her own group version of the work which was last performed in 1979. Catherine Gallant of Dances by Isadora has created a new choreography which honors Duncan's spirit and musical imagination. The reconstruction/ reimagining process used the Beethoven score, quotes from Maria Theresa Duncan, reviews from Duncan's performances of the work, photographic images, oral history and fragments of gestures.

In conjunction, Shannon participated in workshops that broadened her Duncan training with topics including: Duncan, an early post-modern?, Variations of Orientale, Noyes Rhythm, and Immersive Theater and Duncan.