Exhibition at the museum

Photographs of Loïe Fuller

From February 25th to May 31st, 1992 -
Musée d'Orsay
Esplanade Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
75007 Paris
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Attribué à Harry C. Ellis-Loïe Füller enroulée dans son voile
Harry C. Ellis, General Film Office
Loïe Füller enroulée dans son voile, entre 1900 et 1928
Musée d'Orsay
© Musée d’Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Alexis Brandt
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At the time when different forms of choreographic expression were spreading in Europe, Loïe Fuller offered the Parisian public a series of dances displaying a completely new spirit. This spirit produced formal metamorphoses, where movement, light, colours and music were mixed. This was an "aesthetical revolution" which was to have a growing success with the public and entranced critics, writers and artists, many of which chose to depict her during her performances.
Several European and American photographers produced with her help experimental pictures which marked the birth of dance photography. To the fixed attitudes of posed dancers were superimposed movements which were all the more surprising as the slowness of photographic emulsions made it difficult to capture them completely. The result was a series of visual distortions that created the illusion of accelerated of movement that led to poetic ecstasies remarked upon by the critics of the time.
Around fifty photographs showing choreographies by Loïe Fuller and her dancing school were displayed in this documentary exhibition.

The exhibition is now over.

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