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“She was the first artist to appear uncinctured, barefooted, and free. She arrived like a glorious bounding Minerva in the midst of a cautious corseted decade.” So went the New Yorker’s 1927 description of Isadora Duncan, the choreographer credited with shaking loose the strictures of classical ballet and innovating a free-flowing form of modern dance. She took the dancer’s body as “simply the luminous manifestation of the soul,” a legacy carried forth in the Maryland-based Word Dance Theater’s upcoming show “Body | Soul.” Dedicated to Duncan’s legacy, Word Dance Theater performs Duncan’s historic choreography, carefully preserved in a lineage stemming from her original protégés, along with new Duncan-inspired work blending dance, theater, and music. In partnership with Glade Dance Collective, “Body | Soul” features a half-dozen original Duncan pieces along with new interdisciplinary collaborations. Using love letters—past and present, famous and anonymous—as inspiration, the show is part of an ongoing company experiment on the range of experiences of love, which will become an immersive theater production in June 2016. Word Dance Theater performs June 13 to 14 at Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. $15–$30. (202) 269-1600. danceplace.org.