Loie Fuller, c1902

Fuller’s dance reimagined

In a film screened at Latitude Festival, 2011, dancer Louise Colborne presented her own interpretation of Loie Fuller butterfly dance.

Dancer at the Folies Bergère in the early twentieth century, Fuller was a pioneer of multimedia performance. She projected coloured lights and images onto her volumous, silk dress. Sticks inside her sleeves extended her arms, creating an other-worldly augmented human performance.

When Louise saw me play a short theremin set, she was struck by the connections between the movements of a thereminist and those of early dancers such as Fuller. She asked me to play theremin for her film which interwove the theremin performance and the dance.