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Duncan, Sand & Chopin 

When: Tue., June 7, 7 p.m., Wed., June 8, 7 p.m., Thu., June 9, 3 p.m. and Fri., June 10, 3 p.m. 2011
Phone: (843) 724-7305
Price: $26/adults, $21/students and seniors
www.piccolospoleto.com

REVOLUTIONARY GIRL POWER. Isadora Duncan and George Sand were both revolutionary in their time. Duncan as a choreographer and dancer at the turn of the 20th century who pioneered freedom of expression, rebelling against the formal techniques and movements of classical ballet, and Sand as a novelist and memoirist in the early 19th century, who used a male name and wore men's clothes to overcome social rules that barred women from many activities in Paris.

DANCING THROUGH CHOPIN. Created by Word Dance Theater's Cynthia Word, this performance melds the music of pianist and composer Frédéric Chopin, who wrote short pieces for the piano in each of the 24 keys, with the choreography of Duncan, who created a different dance for each prelude, and the words of Sand, who carried on a love affair with Chopin during the time that he composed the 24 preludes.

A SHOW OF THEATRICAL FANTASY. Word Dance Theater of Washington D.C. specializes in the work and person of Isadora Duncan. At the 2010 Piccolo Festival, they performed Revolutionary! Isadora Duncan, a biographical show that combined both theatre and dance in the telling of Duncan's life. Preludes premiered in D.C. last November, and the Washington Post called it "historically significant." And for dance fans, it should prove exciting to see Duncan's work come to such vivid life.

— Stephanie Barna

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