spoletoJeanne Bresciani as Isadora Duncan

Jody Sperling as Loie Fuller

Livia Vanaver as Ruth St. Denis

Patricia Ward, Artistic Director

Muses of  Modern Dance brings together acclaimed modern dancers who are bearers of the great legacies of three seminal figures in the history of art and modern dance.  Though Isadora, Miss Ruth and Loie never shared a stage together, they all worked uniquely to further similar goals– the elevation and development  of dance and theater at a time when women were rarely afforded  opportunities for self-expression and global influence.  Muses of Modern Dance brings together contemporary performers to reveal the remarkable works of each dancer; side-by-side, these dancers illuminate the transformative power of dance and the art of the solo.

Muses Dancing

Wendy Liberatore writes that Muses of Modern Dance is a "loving tribute to three of modern dance’s essential pioneers: Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis. What this living trio — Jodi Sperling, Jeanne Bresciani and Livia Vanaver — did at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center was more than restage the works of these matriarchs of this American art form. They imbued these groundbreaking, and often revolutionary, dances with a spirit of the very creators themselves. And in so doing, these three living dancers furthered Fuller, Duncan and St. Denis’ status as goddesses who are worthy of infinite worship."