Both pioneers of modern dance and strong women in hard times, Loie Fuller and Martha Graham have made some ground works not only in dance, but in the field that discovers the interplay between the body, space, fabrics, light and movements…
Photo above: Portrait of Loïe Fuller, by Frederick Glasier, 1902
Photo bellow: Martha Graham in Lamentation, by Barbara Morgan, 1935
Loie Fuller’s Serpentine Dance is a classic recorded on celluloid in 1896 by also pioneering film-makers Auguste and Louis Lumière featuring, still unknown to dance historians, female dancer. This vintage footage is a real silent gem…
Serpentine Dance by Loie Fuller
Lamentation is a silent color film of Martha Graham dancing extracts of her synonymous dance piece created in 1930.
Filmed in 1943 at Bennington College by Russian-born sculptor Simon Moselsio. His wife, who took still photos of the same piece, explained ‘We used two movie cameras for the motion picture, so we could take the picture from different angles… I had the still camera around my neck and made the stills at the same time.’
Lamentation by Martha Graham