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ILatestAnaziiLoveAFFciirgbadorc Duncan 1 . ow Celebrated Barefoot Dancer Was Won by the Young gri. Russian Poet, Who Found Her Growing Fat- J 1 p, raess Adorable Enough to Sing About PH 1 1 I mS'' - Instead of Something To Be Laughed I Isadora Duncan as she looked before growing avoirdupois had begun to lessen the airy gracefulness of her face and figure PARIS, June 15. HA vVER the dancing waves of the At- I I lantic Ocean Isadora Duncan, the dancer, will travel to Amor ica next fall, according to an announce ment here. With her will be a husband and twenty-three children. The husband is her own, but the children ate related to her only as dancing pupils. Many Interesting tales are beginning to be told about the boulevards of Miss B Duncan's career as head of the Russian Soviet National School of Dancing. But a more favorite topic is her romance with Serge Alcxandrovitch Yessenin, jH the twenty-seven-year-old Russian poet, H whom she describes as her first and last B husband. Th;s romance has many ele- H ments that seem to make it uie most B amazing of all this celebrated dancer's B love affairs. B It was the American poet Longfellow B who first sang the barefoot boy in the B United States. It was Isadora Duncan B who first danced the barefoot jrirl there. B Isadora Duncan has been long absent Bj in Russia from her native land, but her B pupils have gone dancing on. B Perhaps warmed by the admiration of h her pupils, Isadora Duncan will unfold H some of the details of this remarkable H romance of hers which attained such H warmth amid the Russian snows. Only H fragmentary rumors about it have sifted H through, but these, as pieced together H around the tables of the sidewalk cafes, H wnere liqueurs n SJPP1 ' smiles are H exchanged, make a most interesting atory. Isadora Duncan departed, much her alded, for Russia to become the head of the Department of Dancing of the Soviet Government, which was deter mined that the arts should not be neg lected. On arrival, Miss Duncan met with several disappointments, which was nothing unusual for the Soviet Govern ment. "The Soviet Government promised me a thousand pupils," she said, "but I re ceived only forty, and found it necessary to contribute toward their food out of my own money." Not only was the class very small, but It is said that the teacher did not give full satisfaction. A teacher is supposed to illustrato her subject and this, in the opinion of Borne Russians, Isadora was not fully equipped to do. As is well known she had been grow ing steadily stouter for some years be fore leaving for Russia. In fact, her los ing fight against fatness Is said to have been one of the reasons why she left France. The dancer may have expected to be able to reduce on Russian's scanty rations, or she may have thought that the Russians like 'em plump. But the Russians don't. Witness their slim and sylph-like Pavlowa. It was a case where beggars might not choose, for the native dancers had been scattered. They had fled to safer and healthier climes. Many of the ballet had been appropriated as mistresses by Soviet officials. As Isadora was about the best thing in the way of dancers to be had under the Bolshevist rule, she con tinued to hold the chair of dancing in the Soviet school. The story is that Isadora remained fat, even grew fatter in spite of the poor fare. But romance came to her nevertheless, romance In the shape of the young symbolist poet, Serge Yes senin ,with his bushy yellow hair and his raiment of blue suit and white canvas shoes. Of Serge it has been said by compa triots and fellow authors that he is one of the, most gifted Russian poets writing to-day. He is a young man of peasant origin and the peasant motif prevails throughout his poetry. He is a member of the Imagiat group of poets and hence writes mostly of landscapes. His im agery he draws from such homely ob jects as plows, horses und clods of earth -also from revolutions. "My friends consider him the greatest poet in the world," Miss Duncan de clared. But what is said to have been one of the most attractive things about Serge to Isadora was the way her growing avoirdupois inspired his poetic genuis. While others saw in her fatness only a thing fur ridicule or pity Serge, accord ing to gossip here, found it something adorable something well worth cele brating in some of the most impassiom d verses he has written. It was the fervor with which he sang her fatness, so Paris hears, that finally won Isadora to the young poet. And their love thus far seems to be an ideal arrangement on both sides. The stouter she grows the greater inspiration Serge Yessenin finds for his poetic imagina tion and the better reconciled the dancer becomes to any loss of popular favor which may result from her losing fight against fatness. How could any woman help being pleaspd with such gems of literature aa Isadora Duncan's artistic bulk is said to have inspired? Here is one, for example, which they say in the cafes here helped win the poet his dancing bride: The enow The beautiful, white snow Covers the Russian landscape Like a blanket. It covers the field, Like a sheet. It covers the cottage, Like a pillow. Within, the boiling samovar dances over the flame Like a dancer. It has round, generous curves, Has the samovar, Like my love. And it puffs when it dances, Like one over-excrted. The imagery of this frag ment has been a great deal Miss Duncan and I some of the younc? j women whom she 5 has taught to en- " y joy dancing as the ancient Greeks did in their bare feet j and pupil, p, can, now Mrs. j '. .fj '' Bourgeois of f' New York . Ijf Photograph by . ' '-- WtOB Johnston --.. . - : ,'yjjg Ojjjp -'M m I aintl Below A recent t ' photograph of Miss s . ' Duncan showing R -rm some of the effects Bow of her losing fight iaj h against fatness admired nere, especially me :m wp simile of the samovar, which, Jw item as e ery y , iAvv v ' v bos Russian for tea kettle. . symbolism for No who quote. No .''.J ';. tnj wonder Isa- MSmSBS Vi ciorri I luiv-an murried b r Eeve young T"( t- it lover. ( U d( Tl"- tune M'"' b:' t;" ' ' ' - sian c.ti.en, ,nd w a 101 , . and this makes place in a po- ; ; -V , , , ' the securing rc t:itinn in KtuQXf3K , ... hive M-s cow, ml' Duiv an ex- ;' pri':-sing thr desire that she retain her jbf American citi- !Hir zenship which 5 wrould afford , passport con- . veniences. The couple took a visited Eliza beth Duncan who is running a school on the palace grounds at Potsdam. The inspiration for the following fragment is evident, say those who quote it as a prime example of the Imagiat school. It has been entitled, "The Danseuse and the Wolves." Over the hard, smooth crust Of the witoWB of Siberia's winter The moon casts a gem-like lustre. The staik, silvered trees stand forth Toy-like, Almost Tolstoi-like On padded feet the wolf pack glides Ringing about the peasant's hovel with A circle of gerdy, green eges in the night, Suddenly a shape slips forth from those - . Trrmr-huddlcd in the cot. It is a woman, a fair woman. The wolves close in, but she danrcs. Barefoot upon the snow, she trips before them. The v oman looks luscious The limbs she waves make the wolf mouths water. But they only watch, fascint! She capers, unharmed, from their midst. Art! . . . It was by such flights of poetic fancy as these that Yessenin is said to have won the dancer and become an important part of the expedition she is leading to ward New York. But the plan of Isadora Duncan to make an American tour in the fall with twenty-three of her Russian pupils be tween the ages of four and eleven, may not be successful. By the American laws her marriage has made her a Rus- pWV '''-- ot tne nece8 sary passport a dif- c licult proposition. wgl Isadora's aspira- tions for a passport are not aided by the story that she danced, barefooted and bare legged, underneath the window of Lenine, who was an interested and ap- preciative spectator of the performance. So Isadora after all may not visit that country, where criticisms of her have ranged all the way from a fc remark by a society woman that she looked "like an exquisite figure on an old vase that we are allowed to admire Utt, with perfect propriety" to the church Plica resolution that her dancing "whatever the. motive is the grossest violation of the proprieties of life and we trust it may never be repeated in our fair city." , . ; If Isadora Duncan does succeed in reaching America she may be the guest in New York of a charming relative and j pupil of hers-a foster daughter, Therese Duncan (Mrs. Bourgeois ) Ad- mi rail say that the dancing of this lady ( fe is as fine as was Isadora's at the height I of her fame.