Traces of Light: Absence and Presence in the Work of Loïe Fuller

Front Cover
Wesleyan University Press, Sep 4, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 229 pages
0 Reviews
One of the most famous dancers of the early 1900s, Loïe Fuller created an extraordinary sensation in Paris with her manipulations of hundreds of yards of silk, swirling high above her and lit dramatically from below. Her work inspired artists such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Auguste Rodin, and Stéphane Mallarmé, and she embodied many of the decorative themes of Art Nouveau. Because her work highlights important issues in dance such as the role of technology in defining a dancing signature, the emergence of a modern movement sensibility, and the role of popular entertainment in early modern dance, Fuller is a critical figure through whom to study the changing representations of women dancers in the early twentieth century. Author Ann Cooper Albright places Fuller in the context of fin-de-siècle culture and offers a compelling analysis of Fuller's innovations in lighting and movement that includes full-color reproductions of original posters, archival photos, and magazine and newspaper clippings. Traces of Light adds significantly to the literature on twentieth-century dance, illuminating a pioneer who helped to shape modern performance and stagecraft. There is a digital web companion to this book at http://learningobjects.wesleyan.edu/wespress/traces/.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

Traces of light: absence and presence in the work of Loïe Fuller

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Performance artist Loie Fuller (1862-1928) incorporated dance with elaborate costumes and innovative lighting to produce illusions at the turn of the 19th century (she had her own theater at the 1900 ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION Tracing the Light
1
La LoYe Fuller Folies Bergere poster by PAL 1895
14
La LoYe Fuller Cover of Le Theatre December 1898
19
Mile Loie Fuller and her transformations Picture Magazine
20
Mile LoYe Fuller and her transformations Picture Magazine
21
Loie Fuller Studio shot by Rotary Photo
22
LoYe Fuller Photograph by Isaiah W Taber
29
LoYe Fuller dansant Photograph by Eugene Druet
32
Strategies
115
LoYe Fuller in a breeches role
122
Loie Fuller posing in front of a fan
123
Loie Fuller dansant dans Salome? Photograph by B J Falk
129
Hail Salome Watercolor illustration by Lloyd Warren part of a collection of twentythree watercolors by students at the Ecole des BeauxArts presente...
131
Loie Fuller Watercolor illustration by C I Bert part of a collection of twenty three watercolors by students at the Ecole des BeauxArts presented to Lo...
132
Loie Fuller posing as Salome
134
La Loie Fuller dans sa creation nouvelle Salome Poster for Comedie Parisienne by Georges de Feure 1895
136

LoYe Fuller dansant Photograph by Eugene Druet
33
LoYe Fuller in her studio Photograph by Harry C Ellis
34
The Skirt Dance and The Serpentine Dance Print by Will H Bradley
40
LoYe Fullers autograph book The Ghosts of My Friends
43
Five ghost signatures
44
To my dear little friend souvenir of LoYe Fuller Addressed to Gab Bloch
48
Engaging the Dynamics
51
La LoYe Fuller Folies Bergere poster by PAL 1893
53
How the Stage Is Lighted By Louis Gunnis
62
LoYe Fuller dansant By Eugene Druet
64
LoYe Fuller By Henri de ToulouseLautrec 1893
69
Fire Dance study of LoYe Fuller Watercolor by Crozit
71
LoYe Fuller Folies Bergere poster by Georges Meunier 1898
72
La LoYe Fuller By Rene Lelong 1910
78
La LoYe Fuller Folies Bergere poster by Jules Cheret 1893
89
Ballet in the FoliesBergere Dance of the type introduced by LoYe Fuller After a watercolor by Andre Cahard
91
Sculptures of LoYe Fuller in front of her first 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle building
99
LoYe Fuller the Dancer By Raoul Francois Larche
102
Le lys Photograph by Isaiah W Taber
107
Theatre de LoYe Fuller Poster for the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle by Manuel Orazi
113
Program cover for La tragedie de Salome Theatre des Arts
137
Expressive Bodies
145
Colette on the cover of La culture physique
152
4244 Isadora Duncan From a series of watercolors by Abraham Walkowitz 16263
171
The Oceanides From Eva PalmerSikelianoss 1927 production of Prometheus Bound
172
Loie Fullers young dancers Photograph by Harry C Ellis
174
Loie Fuller and dancers in cloaks
175
Openair rehearsal with Loie Fullers dancers
177
Loie Fuller in La danse des mains
179
Body
181
U S Patent No 513102 for Mechanism for the Production of Stage Effects filed by Marie Louise Fuller 1894
187
Illustration of The Mirror Dance
190
Loie Fullers company in Les sirenes 1913
191
Les danses dombres by Loie Fuller
194
Les danses dombres by Loie Fuller
195
Image from Loie Fullers film Le lys de la vie
196
Negative image of dancers from Loie Fullers film Le lys de la vie
197
Notes
207
Bibliography
217
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

ANN COOPER ALBRIGHT teaches dance at Oberlin College, where she is also chair of the gender and women s studies program. She is the head of the editorial board of the Society of Dance History Scholars, which produces the series Studies in Dance History.

Bibliographic information