Leipzig: Eugen Diederichs, 1903. First edition. Softcover. Octavo (8 x 5 1/2"). 46pp. Original illustrated wrappers. Photographic frontispiece portrait of Isadora Duncan, with facsimile signature.
Transcription of a 1903 lecture given by Isadora Duncan in Berlin, in which she argued that the dance of the future would be similar to the dance of the ancient Greeks, natural and free. Duncan accused the ballet of "deforming the beautiful woman's body" and called for its abolition. She ended her speech by stating that "the dance of the future will have to become again a high religious art as it was with the Greeks. For art which is not religious is not art, it is mere merchandise."
It was during this period that Duncan began clarifying her theory of natural dance, identifying the source of the body's natural movement in the solar plexus. Duncan's feminist text would become the manifesto of modern dance.
Wrappers age-toned along edges. Contemporary previous owner's name in ink (Arno Eschholz), and dated Kiel, 1. III. 06, at upper margin of title page. Text in English and German. Wrappers in overall good, interior in very good condition. g to vg. Item #44984