Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


16 September 2013

Modern Dance and the Seduction of Minoan Crete

Nicoletta Momigliano in M. G Morcillo & S. Knippschild (eds), Seduction and Power: Antiquity in the Visual and Performing Arts, London/New York 2013, 35-55.


Since the first decade of the twentieth century, the material culture of Minoan Crete has been a rich source of inspiration for modern writers and artists, as various articles and books on this subject testify. But the Minoan influence on the performing arts, such as dance and theatre, has not yet received equal attention: whereas the Greek elements in the works of famous early twentieth-century dancers such as Isadora Duncan and members of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes are relatively well known, this chapter explores the connections between Minoan Crete and these representatives of modern(ist) dance.

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