Butterfly Dance – Annabelle Moore

This is from a “dance film” made in the mid to late 1890s for American Mutoscope. The dancer, Annabelle Moore, dances in the style of Loie Fuller in her theatrical use of color, movement, lighting, and fabric.

The choreography is graceful, but, of course, it’s a different kind of grace than we know today. And certainly the modern dance technique of today is far different than anything we could have expected in the late 1800s.

But this video is probably more about film making in that era than it is about dance. And for that era it must have been exceptional, even stunning, for audiences fortunate enough to view it. The way cameras of that day captured slow motion is quite amazing in and of itself.

If you enjoy watching the flowing, colorful movement of Ms Moore, please like then share it with others as well.


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