Loie Fuller

Loie_FullerAbout the Muse, Loie Fuller

Loïe Fuller (1862-1928) created a unique art form by crafting mesmerizing, multi-media spectacles out of fabric, motion and light. With her swirling costumes and specially-engineered illuminations, this American-born artist enraptured fin de siècle Paris. A favorite subject of visual artists (Jules Chéret, Henri de Toulouse-Latrec, François-Raoul Larche, Pierre Roche, among others), she became the embodiment of the Art Nouveau movement. Fuller’s unprecedented success in Europe paved the way for the careers of later modern dancers, including Isadora Duncan, Maud Allan, and Ruth St. Denis. Fuller was influential, not just in fields of dance and the visual arts, but also in lighting design, stagecraft and cinema. Given today’s preoccupation with technology and its origins, Fuller’s ingenious use of special effects has particular relevance. An independent, visionary artist, Fuller fashioned herself into one of her era’s most influential and celebrated performers.

Loie Fuller captivated audiences with her ingenious interplay between light and fabric ephemerally conjoined via the movement of the human form. She was a genius with special effects transporting audiences beyond reality and into the breadth of the imagination. Her mesmerizing choreographic motifs enveloped the earthly world and the heavenly realm. Fuller was influential, not just in the field of dance and the visual arts, but also in lighting design, stagecraft and cinema. Given today’s preoccupation with technology and its origins, Fuller’s skillful use of special effects has singular relevance. She was a forerunner. An independent, visionary artist, Fuller fashioned herself into one of her era’s most influential and celebrated performers.

Muses Dancing

Wendy Liberatore writes that Muses of Modern Dance is a "loving tribute to three of modern dance’s essential pioneers: Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan and Ruth St. Denis. What this living trio — Jodi Sperling, Jeanne Bresciani and Livia Vanaver — did at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center was more than restage the works of these matriarchs of this American art form. They imbued these groundbreaking, and often revolutionary, dances with a spirit of the very creators themselves. And in so doing, these three living dancers furthered Fuller, Duncan and St. Denis’ status as goddesses who are worthy of infinite worship."