Annabelle Gamson’s performances of Isadora Duncan’s choreography were remarkable both in their own right and for the fact that Gamson performed them in her forties, at an age when most dancers chose to retire. Gamson began studying dance at age five and attended both the High School of Music and Art and the Professional Children’s School in New York. She danced with Katherine Dunham and in 1953 she performed with Anna Sokolow on Broadway and on television. She married in 1958 and left the dance world, briefly directing operas in Europe before settling in Westchester to raise a family. She returned to dance at the American Theater Laboratory in New York in 1974 with a mixture of her own choreography and several famed pieces by Duncan: Water Study, Five Waltzes, Dance of the Furies, and Etude. Duncan’s work had often been thought of as improvisational, but Gamson’s treatment of the pieces showcased Duncan’s craftsmanship, making her work relevant to a new generation. Gamson went on to revive interest in the work of German expressionist choreographer Mary Wigman and American modern dancer Eleanor King though her solo dance performances, continuing her dance career into her late sixties.
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