What is dance? It is motion. What is Motion? The expression of a sensation.Read more
What is Sensation? The reaction in the human body produced by an impression or idea perceived by the mind.
Loïe Fuller, Ma vie et la danse. Suivie de écrits sur la danse
(Paris: Éditions l’œil d’or, 2002), p. 47
By motion she was not only referring to the dancing body but to the motion of the light, colour and silk as well. She danced light, colour, costumes, and through motion her body fused into a visual image. Fuller conceptualised an image in motion created by multicoloured lights, playing in a perpetual motion of silks.
Sally R. Sommer, “Loïe Fuller”, TDR/The Drama Review, vol. XIX, no. 1,
TISCH School of the Arts, New York University (March 1975), p. 54
Loïe Fuller, born Marie Louise Fuller (Fullersburg, Illinois, 1862–Paris, 1928), was a dancer, choreographer, lighting technician, researcher, inventor of special stage effects, art curator, filmmaker, member of the French Astronomical Society and businesswoman. Moreover, from a very young age she was also a living legend; she was hailed as the muse of Art Nouveau and in 1900 had her own pavilion, designed by Henri Sauvage, at one of the most important events of the day: the World’s Fair in Paris.
Admired by Stéphane Mallarmé, Auguste Rodin, Arthur Symons, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Koloman Moser, Pierre Roche, Raoul Larche, Théodore Rivière, Jules Chéret, Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla and Anton Pevsner, among many others, Fuller exercised an enormous influence on the artists of her day.