« The dancer of the future will be
someone whose body and soul will have grown
together so harmoniously
that the natural language of its soul
will be the movement of its body.
The dancer will belong not to one nation
but to all humankind.
She will dance, not like a nymph,
a fairy or a coquette,
but like a woman in the fullness of her being.
From her whole body
will emanate a resplendent intelligence,
bringing to the world the message
of the thoughts and aspirations
of thousands of women.
She will dance the freedom of women. »
Lecture given by Isadora Duncan in Leipzig in 1903
(« The Dance of the Future » ed. Complexe)