In MTSU’s Dance program, experiential learning is the backbone of both the creative and educational processes. “We like to say that practice is research, and research is practice,” said Meg Brooker, assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance.
“Music and poetry exist in time; painting and architecture in space. But the dance lives at once in time and space.” — Curt Sachs
Dancing with Isadora
January 10, 2019
Experience our collection dancing to life with an in-gallery performance developed by MTSU Assistant Professor of Dance and Duncan Dance South Director Meg Brooker. This performance features Elizabeth Disharoon Wright, performing courtesy of Lori Belilove & the Isadora Duncan Dance Company, Valerie Durham, co-director of the Duncan Dance Project. $15 adults (includes museum admission).
Isadora Duncan: Art, Myth, & Movement
April 27-29, 2018
Isadora Duncan lived life as art, pioneering free expression through dance. Learn about her extraordinary legacy through a weekend of performances, workshops and lectures presented by the Metro Parks Dance Division and MTSU dance professor Meg Brooker and the Duncan Dance Project in partnership with the Parthenon, Centennial Art Center, New Dialect, Kidsville, Centennial Youth Ballet, and Barfield Dance Academy.
Thanks to the early 20th century revolutionary expression and stylistic innovations by Isadora Duncan, “The Mother of Modern Dance,” any location can be envisioned as the perfect backdrop to a dance performance. For dancers, the sight of the Nashville Parthenon has long evoked images of Duncan performing at the beloved ancient temple.
Isadora Duncan International Symposium, ODC Theatre, San Francisco, CA
The 2017 Symposium theme is “Resurgence: Bridging Time and Techniques.” 140 years after Duncan’s birth, we gather in San Francisco to explore the city and landscape that informed her early artistic development.
ODC Hotspot: Isadora Duncan Dance Technique, San Francisco, CA
In preparation for the third biennial Isadora Duncan International Symposium Resurgence: Bridging Time and Techniques, August 10-12, 2017 at the ODC Dance Theatre, the IDIS Steering Committee will offer community open classes in Duncan technique.
Duncan Dance Project at Calvert 22 Gallery, London
Performances of Meg Brooker's Birches and original Duncan repertory by DDP dancer Julia Pond for the Sixth Sense of the Avant-Garde book lauch. Workshop entitled "Isadora Duncan's Revolutionary Dances" co-facilitated by Meg Brooker and Julia Pond.
This Middle Tennessee Professor Took Her Dance Students to Russia
July 17, 2017
When Valentina Ryazanova from the People's Friendship University of Russia (RUDN) invited me to bring students to perform in the Moscow 2017 Isadora Duncan dance festival, I knew that I had to make the trip happen.
Dancestry transports its dancers and audiences on a century-long journey into modern dance history and back again. Beckoning blasts us into the past with the historic works of American modern dance icons Isadora Duncan and Erick Hawkins.
Join us for a weeklong workshop in the technique and repertoire of legendary dance innovator, Isadora Duncan. This rare opportunity to study the expressive movement vocabulary of Duncan, will focus on the distinct elements of her technique and relate the work to dance history and contemporary practice.
Duncan Residency: School of Creative and Performing Arts, Lexington, KY
The SCAPA Dance Department is proud and excited to be hosting a residency program with choreographer Meg Brooker from Middle Tennessee State University. Our residency will provide all dance majors with technique classes and will also provide an opportunity to be part of the choreographic process for a piece for Dance SCAPA 2017.
During the summer of 2016, Meg Brooker danced as a guest with Lori Belilove & the Isadora Duncan Dance Company as part of the 44th CID World Congress on Dance at the Dora Stratou Theatre in Athens, Greece, and for a residency at the Samos School of Dance. She also appeared with Barbara Kane's Isadora Duncan Dance Group London/Paris at the Kalamata International Dance Festival.
"Maenads & Muses: A Celebration of the Dances of Isadora Duncan & the Greek Ideal" brings together the artistic and the scholarly with performances of Isadora Duncan dances as well as discussions of the influence of the Greek aesthetic and philosophy.
Women in Dance Leadership Conference Highlight: Meg Brooker
October 29-November 1, 2015
Our mission is to investigate, explore, and reflect on women’s leadership by representing innovative and multicultural dance work to celebrate, develop, and promote women’s leadership in dance making, dance related fields, and other male dominated professions.
Isadora Duncan, Loïe Fuller, Erick Hawkins: Dance aficionados recognize these late choreographers as having played a significant role in the foundation and development of American modern dance. What if audiences could see works by each of these historic dancemakers on one program? In Dancestry, showing Sept. 11-12 at Texas State University’s Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre, you can.
Noyes School of Rhythm Summer Program, Portland, CT
July 12-August 3, 2015
Meg will be teaching at the Noyes School of Rhythm Foundation's summer program in Portland, CT, for three weeks. Visit www.noyesrhythm.org for more information and to register. Come join Meg in the CT woods!
Isadora Duncan International Symposium, Chicago, IL
June 11-13, 2015
For the second biennial Isadora Duncan Internationa Symposium at Joffrey in Chicago, Meg taught a workshop entitled "Discovering Duncan: Encountering Noyes" and facilitated a panel addressing gender in Isadora Duncan dance.
Shay Ishii Dance Company presents Dancestry, a celebration of artistic heritage and revival of historic dance, for three performances at the Rollins Studio Theatre, May 22-23. Dancestry features legacy works of American Modern Dance, originally created by artists Loïe Fuller, Isadora Duncan, and Erick Hawkins. Additionally, Dancestry will feature new works choreographed by the lead artists in their respective legacy techniques. Lead artists include Shay Ishii, Artistic Director of the Shay Ishii Dance Company, Katherine Duke, Artistic Director of the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Meg Brooker, Artistic Director of Thel Dance Theatre, and Jessica Lindberg of Lindberg/Slayter Reconstructions.