Sunday, August 30, 2009

A Hundred Year Old Dance Reinterpreted

New lighting technology and color film allow the artist's original intentions to be more fully realized. In the original film from 1896, each individual frame had to be painted with color allowing the colors to shift over the course of the dance.

On the other hand, in the new version, the need to stay directly over the light source inhibits motion. I'd say the trade off is worth it seeing as how most of the motion is really about the swirling fabric catching the light. In the original, Fuller does not move around much either. The costume uses about 25 yards of white silk.

The new version is performed to the piano music, Night Winds, composed by Charles Griffes around 1913-1916.

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