Light, Color & Dance: The Genius of Loie Fuller

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Born in Illinois, Loie Fuller became one of Europe’s most wildly celebrated dancers. She was the only female entertainer to have her own pavilion at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec featured her in a number of his prints, August Rodin commissioned a series of photographs of the dancer with plans to sculpt her; and the Lumière brothers released a film about her in 1897. Fuller’s famed Serpentine Dance, personified Art Nouveau in elegant flowing lines of her billowing silk gowns, which she moved using bamboo dowels sewn into her sleeves. As she danced “colored lights were projected onto the flowing fabric, and as she twirled, she seemed to metamorphose into elements from the natural world: a flower, a butterfly, a tongue of flame.” Carol Rezabek presents this fascinating program on this visionary performer and technological trailblazer.

Light, Color & Dance: The Genius of Loie Fuller
  • 410 3rd Ave SE
  • Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
  • April 19, 2020
  • Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
  • Free