Loïe Fuller Dancing

Théodore Rivière (1857-1912)

c. 1898


Collection Victoria & Albert Museum, London Acquisition no. S. 43-1976

According to the museum label, "Loïe Fuller (1862-1928) was an American dancer who encapsulated in movement the spirt of Art Nouveau. Unlike most dancers, she used costume to conceal rather than reveal her body. By projecting coloured lights on to billowing Chinese silk, and using hidden 'wands' to extend the fabric, she appeared to hover over the stage as a lily, buttrerfly, wave or flame." In this last she seems to anticipate the twentieth-century Mummenschanz group.

Photograph 2009 by George P. Landow; text based upon the museum's chat label.