A French biopic of Loïe Fuller at Lincoln Center; Belle Époque posters in D.C., Chicago & St. Louis.
In New York City, as part of Lincoln Center’s “Rendez-vous with French Cinema,” a splendid biopic of the revolutionary dancer Loïe Fuller will be screened this week. Here’s how the Lincoln Center Film Society describes it:
The Dancer / La danseuse
Stéphanie Di Giusto, France/Belgium/Czech Republic, 2016, 108m
English and French with English subtitles
This visually sumptuous drama set amidst the opulence of La Belle Époque Paris charts the real-life saga of modern dance icon Loïe Fuller (Soko). Raised on the plains of the American Midwest, Fuller became the unlikely toast of turn-of-the-century France with her legendary performances, in which swirling swaths of silk fabric and dazzlingly colored lights created a kaleidoscopic spectacle of color and movement. Boasting lavish period detail, breathtaking dance sequences, and fiercely committed performances by Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, and Lily-Rose Depp as Fuller’s rival Isadora Duncan, The Dancer is an arresting chronicle of an artist’s struggle to realize her vision.
Thursday, March 2, 1:45pm
Monday, March 6, 9:30pm
You may have seen recovered film clips from one of her 1896 performances:
Here is a gorgeous modern rendering by Jodie Sperling, to whom we owe the knowledge of “La Danseuse” at Lincoln Center:
And here is one of the most famous posters advertising Loïe Fuller’s Serpentine Dance, this time from 1893. It’s Lot 296 in our March 12, 2017 auction.
If you’re in St. Louis, you can see this museum piece at the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum’s exhibition, “Spectacle and Leisure in Paris: Degas to Mucha,” now on through May 21 at the University of Washington, St. Louis:
Learn more here.
Now through Jan. 7, 2018
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Jack Rennert, President of Rennert’s Gallery / Poster Auctions International, personally helped acquire many of the 45 posters in this exhibition.
The Phillips Collection
America’s First Museum of Modern Art
1600 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
An extraordinary collection of iconic and rare prints and posters from nearly the entire period of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s lithographic career.