Tuesday, 1 February 2011

"Little Egypt" and her contemporaries

I would recommend watching these the way the original footage would have been viewed - without sound!

The precursor to Isis Wings looks blimmin' difficult (and more like sails!), but well worth the effort of mastering. How much hard work would be involved in just making a set?

EDIT (11/02/11): After doing a bit more research I'm now pretty sure that 'the wings' is Auguste and Louis Lumière's 1896 footage of an unknown dancer performing Loie Fuller's Serpentine Dance. That astonishing woman who balances the chair in her teeth is Princess Rajah as filmed by Thomas Edison's American Mutoscope and Biograph Co at the 1904 St Louis Exposition.

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