By Rhonda K. Garelick
Loie Fuller was once the main well-known American in Europe in the course of the past due 19th and early 20th centuries. emerging from a small-time vaudeville profession within the States, she attained overseas megastar as a dancer, inventor, impresario, and one of many first ladies filmmakers on this planet. Fuller befriended royalty and encouraged artists equivalent to Mallarmé, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin, Sarah Bernhardt, and Isadora Duncan. at the present time, even though, she is remembered usually as an untutored "pioneer" of recent dance and level know-how, the "electricity fairy" who created a sensation onstage whirling lower than coloured spotlights. yet in Rhonda Garelick's Electric Salome, Fuller eventually gets her due as a big artist whose paintings helped lay a beginning for all modernist functionality to come back. The publication demonstrates that Fuller was once now not a trifling entertainer or precursor, yet an artist of serious mental, emotional, and sexual expressiveness whose paintings illuminates the centrality of dance to modernism.
Electric Salome locations Fuller within the context of classical and smooth ballet, paintings Nouveau, Orientalism, surrealism, the delivery of cinema, American glossy dance, and eu drama. It deals particular shut readings of texts and performances, located inside broader ancient, cultural, and theoretical frameworks. Accessibly written, the booklet additionally recounts the human tale of ways an vague, uneducated lady from the dustbowl of the yank Midwest moved to Paris, turned a celebrity, and lived overtly for many years as a lesbian.
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