Marie Louise Fuller was born in a suburb of Chicago in 1862, and quickly began a career as a child actress.
With no formal training, she developed an interest in dance and choreography. Rather than attempt classical ballet or other traditional dances, she came up with her own form of free dance. Her pieces used flowing silk costumes as canvases for dynamic multicolored lighting.
Performing under the name Loie, Fuller took her performances on the road, and settled in France. There, she mesmerized audiences with her unique dances and gained the friendship of artists and intellectuals, including Auguste Rodin and Marie Curie. Her liquid movements and costumes also made her a popular subject for Art Nouveau painters and sculptors.” (more)
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