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Dance Expert to Present Multimedia Lecture-performance Monday

Feb. 23, 2007 -- Jody Sperling, dancer, choreographer, and dance scholar, will present “Materializing the Ephemeral: A Lecture-Performance on the Art of Loie Fuller (1862-1928)” Monday, Feb. 26, at 3:45 p.m. in Room 111 of the University of Wyoming Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Early modern dancer Loie Fuller created a unique art form by crafting mesmerizing, multimedia spectacles out of fabric, motion, color, and light. Often described as a fairy, ghost, or apparition, Fuller projected an ethereal presence on stage. Using electric lighting, specially-engineered effects, and magic-lantern projections, Fuller enraptured Paris to become a favorite subject of visual artists.

Sperling is recognized for her re-imagining of Fuller’s art. In this presentation, Sperling looks at the ingenious ways Fuller harnessed and advanced stagecraft from the 1890s through the 1920s to create her mysterious effects.

The presentation will offer a slideshow of stunning images of Fuller, while discussing issues the work provoked in its use of technology.

The presentation is sponsored in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and Dance USA.

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007


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