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date: 19 November 2019

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In “Greek Tragedy in Modern Dance: An Alternative Archaeology,” Artemis Leontis reinstates the American choreographer/director Eva Palmer Sikelianos into the history of modern dance in America. Palmer’s choreography and direction of the chorus, in particular, for the two Delphic Festivals in Greece in 1927 and 1930 respectively need to be brought into discussions of the Greek-inspired work of Isadora Duncan and Ted Shawn. As Leontis demonstrates, Palmer Sikelianos is the pivotal figure linking Duncan to Shawn thereby creating an “alternative archaeology” that enables an important episode in Modernism’s encounter with the memory-rich site of Greece to be pieced together.

Keywords: Eva Palmer Sikelianos, Isadora Duncan, Ted Shawn, Denishawn Company, Delphic Festivals, Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound

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