Journalists flooded the area around the stage and between the stage and the dressing rooms.
And Lori had time and love for everybody and everything.
The company was great too - lovely amiable girls filled up the dressing rooms, the rehearsing area and the stage with the joy of life, nice smells, smiles and, of course, dance.
They rehearsed barefoot, the way Isadora did, including a beautiful 11-year old blond long-haired girl who did a solo in one of the dances.
I met Lori and her company in front of the House of Music the next morning and fell in love almost immediately - with Lori, with free dance, with Isadora Duncan Dance school and method and with Isadora herself - her talent and life.Young Dancers of the Moscow School of Isadora Duncan (drawings of 1924-1925).In the 1920s the artist visited Isadora Duncan's concerts and her studios in Moscow.This is all great, of course, but the mystery remains and the more I learn about Isadora and her impact on her students the more intrigued I am. The program will look at the persona of Isadora Duncan as a revolutionary who inspired the world through dance. An exhibition and a Conference were set up in "The Russians Abroad Center" in Moscow (the exhibition's curator was Zoya Shubina).The conference is one part of a larger event, the 5th International Festival of Authentic Music and Theatre Art, "Moskovskoe Deistvo 2005 /Moscow Action 2005/ ", which will lake place between 29 June and 10 July, 2005. Lori, Meg and me went there on one of the days between the performances.The audience caught the beautiful energy at once and soon after the beginning the whole place was already wading in the joy and mystery of life.I did not only love the performance, I loved every minute spent with Lori and her dancers whether it be a rehearsal, a dinner at the Ukranian restaurant "Korchma", a meeting with a 105 year-old student of Isadora herself named Lyalya (Olga Nikolayevna) or an excursion to the Sergei Yesenin Museum. I wrote about her in 1995 to The Moscow Tribune, an English-language newspaper in Moscow. The Gala Performance was coming, but before that Lori gave a master class, which I did not only translate, but also participated in, despite my injured arm. From the very first moments I felt almost as if I were in the church during the Divine Lithurgy when you feel the Eternal Flows going through you. Lori was filling everyone with the beautiful energy of life. After the Gala when Lori could hardly carry all the flowers given to her we met a real student of Isadora - Olga Nikolayevna - a real living student of Duncan, aged 105.They were doing Isadora pieces, using Isadora choreography and actually introducing the free plastic dance to contemporary Russian audiences.After that opening night, which was a huge success, we parted like old friends.They were interviewing on the stage, during the warming up, in the dressing rooms while Lori and the other dancers were putting the final touches of their make-up on their faces. I watched from the wings helping the stage manager and holding my breath while the joyful dancers wearing color tunics were doing miracles on the stage.The images changed quickly - from the Furies to the Blessed Spirits, from the Revolutionary to a fairy in the Lime Mazurka.