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Papinta Visionary Of Modern Dance

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#1 cyrilla


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Posted 01 April 2014 - 11:28 AM

Good Afternoon. Pohso.

     I am excited to learn more about your group and to discuss the topics of dance with other creatives in the industry. 

The research that I have been intense on for the past three years is the very heart of Modern Dance and it's evolution throughout the years. Papinta, The Flame Dancer, is one of the dancers whose career spanned over 15 solid years from the late 1800's until 1907 when Papinta died on stage in Dusseldorf, Germany. Papinta was one of the first dancers filmed in history by Edison. She performed at the very large venues built by Oscar Hammerstein (I). Papinta danced in the first electrified performance in Chicago at the Chicago Worlds Fair in 1897.

     Papinta did her own choreography, stage designs and special effects. Papinta is best known for her suspension of large amounts of fine silks during her performances to create illusions from nature and her use of glass, mirrors and lighting for special effects.

     Since many of Papinta's dances are not archived properly, I have made it my mission to help the very large archivists in the US and across Europe, Cuba and South Africa to correct the records to accurately give Papinta the credit for her work. It is so exciting because each of the venues is so interested in having the proper credit given to her and to have their archives correct. I have even been invited to speak at some of these venues in New York and Paris. 

    My heart feels such gratitude. And when i see another dancer recreating one of Papinta's 15 years of unique dances, I feel such great joy. 

     I welcome feedback and comments. Thank you. Miigwetch for your time. I look forward to future interactions:)




#2 Helene



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Posted 04 April 2014 - 02:23 PM

Welcome to Ballet Alert!, cyrilla. 


I've moved your post to the "Modern and Other Dance" forum.  We are a site whose mission it is to discuss classical ballet, and that's the subject of most of the forums on this site, but we do discuss Modern Dance and other dance forms in this forum.

#3 sandik


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Posted 04 April 2014 - 04:09 PM

Take a look at Jodie Sperling's work -- as well as doing extensive research on Loie Fuller, who of course was working in much the same vein as your subject, she's creating new works using some of those heritage theatrical devices.

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 04:12 PM

Thank you for your post, Cyrilla. I had not heard of this interesting dancer before, and it is so good to know about dancers in the past who contributed significantly to these art forms, but have been overlooked.

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