Lilly Zetterberg

When I see In a living tradition, I realize that Duncan’s work has qualities which still today are challenging the traditional view of the female dancer.
— Lena Andrén

Lilly Zetterberg is educated at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm, Palucca Schule in Dresden and at the Boston Ballet School. She danced in a Ballet company in Nashville and is now working as a freelance dancer performing the work of Isadora Duncan. Lilly has worked closely with Kathleen Quinlan who inherited the Duncan work from two of Isadora's orginal students, Maria Theresa Duncan and Anna Duncan. These women were playfully called the Isadorables.

In Lilly Zetterberg’s dance perforamnce “A Homage to Isadora” at Palladium in Malmö the air was filled with her elegance and perfection.
— Boel Gerell, Sydsvenskan

At the time of Anna's death, Kathleen was given her memorbilya which was later exhibited at the Dance Museum in Stockholm and now placed at the dance archive in Cologne/Tanz Archiv Köln. Lilly had the opportunity to study Anna Duncan's Collection and was given some of Anna's costumes to perform in. Thus we can see the Art of Isadora's dance alive in the performances of Lilly Zetterberg.

In Stockholm Lilly has performed at the Concert Hall, Forum, Modern Art Museum, Culture House in Järna, Weld among others, as well as performing all around Sweden and Europe. Together with two of Sweden's most successful concert pianists Roland Pöntinen and Henrik Måwe.


Anyone who performs Isadora Duncan’s dances must nearly become Isadora. Lilly Zetterberg immediately puts us at ease when she takes the first steps on stage. Her movements are credible, not just beautiful. A world arises as if by magic, the ideal world Duncan strove to create with her solos to romantic music. We see in the dance by Lilly Zetterberg not just a young artist who masters her body and her means of expression. We see a glimpse of the dreamed Hellas where the naiads played. What is dance? A transformation of the body and the moment so that something invisible- a dream, a memory, a feeling- fills the room. Lilly Zetterberg gives meaning to the poetry of the arms that is so important in the choreography: the open, exultant poses and the withdrawn grace but also the expressions of dignity, passion and defiance, which made Duncan a symbol of freedom for both women and men.
— Horace Engdahl

 Lilly Zetterberg, fotograf Tina Axelsson