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Maryhill celebrates dance pioneer

Day-long festival coming June 21

On Saturday, June 21, Maryhill Museum of Art will present a day-long dance festival in honor of one of its founders, modern dance pioneer Loie Fuller (pronounced low-ee).

Daytime activities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Maryhill Museum of Art. An evening performance will be held at 7 p.m. at The Dalles-Wahtonka High School.

"Dancing with Loie" will take place at Maryhill Museum of Art from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include performances by regional and nationally known dance companies, as well as scholarly presentations illuminating the work and life of Loie Fuller.

Hands-on art activities for all ages will explore printmaking techniques popular with artists during the Art Nouveau period.

Portland artist and dancer Alisa Looney will lead children in Loie inspired dances beside her sculpture " Roll and Play" exhibited this year in Maryhill's Outdoor Sculpture Invitational.

A culminating evening program, to be held at 7 p.m. at The Dalles-Wahtonka High School (220 East 10th Street, The Dalles, Oregon), will feature performances by critically acclaimed New York-based Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance, whose work is inspired by and gives a postmodern twist to the mesmerizing spectacles of Loie Fuller's dances.

Tickets for "An Evening With Loie" are $10.

General admission tickets may be purchased through the museum, Klindts Booksellers in The Dalles or Waucoma Book Store, in Hood River.

Presentations & Performances -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Maryhill Museum of Art

Noted dance scholars, authors and performers will illuminate the life and work of Loie Fuller (1862-1928), an influential and celebrated performer who created unique art forms melding fabric, motion and light. Presenters and performers will include:

Ann Cooper Albright, author of Traces of Light: Absence and Presence in the Work of Loie Fuller,

Rhonda Garelick, author of Electric Solome: Loie Fuller's Performance of Modernism,

Jessica Lindberg, creator of the DVD Loie Fuller in The Light Fantastic, will be speaking and performing,

The Portland Ballet is performing Reverie: A Tribute to Loie Fuller choreographed by Carol Schuts and followed by Flower Festival Pas de Deux choreographed by Auguste Bournonville,

Maranee Sanders and Company, performing a reinterpretation of Fuller's Butterfly Dance and other works.

Family Fun Day Program -- All About Loie Fuller -- 1 to 4 p.m. at Maryhill Museum of Art

Loie Fuller was a favorite subject of the great printmakers of France -- from Jules Cheret to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec -- and their printed images made her famous throughout the world. A hands-on activity for families will allow participants to explore her life and times through dance and art. Participants are invited to experiment with the moves found in Fuller's dances led by Portland artist and dancer, Alisa Looney. The museum will provide the music and costumes. Then drawing on this experience, participants can create and print their own image of Fuller.

"An Evening with Loie" -- 7 p.m. at The Dalles-Wahtonka High School Auditorium

Maryhill Museum of Art presents Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance in performances of the critically acclaimed La Nuit, Dance of the Elements, and the preview of a new work, Ghosts, all inspired by the mesmerizing spectacles of Loie Fuller's dances.

Time Lapse Dance gives a postmodern twist to vintage genres, and features original scores by Quentin Chiappetta as well as costumes and lighting by award-winning designers Michele Ferranti and David Ferri. Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance has performed its smart, funny, seductive and gorgeous works worldwide.

Loie Fuller (1862-1928) was one of her era's most influential and celebrated performers, creating unique art forms that melded fabric, motion and light and captured the imagination of fin de siecle Paris. Her artistic influence extended to dance and the visual arts, as well as lighting design, stagecraft and cinema; her popularity and success later paved the way for many modern dancers, including Isadora Duncan, Maud Allan and Ruth St. Denis.

A permanent exhibit about Loie Fuller is on view in the Judy Carlson Kelley and Family Gallery and includes posters, photographs, glasswork and memorabilia from her 35-year career as a performer.

Loiïe Fuller was also a close friend of Sam Hill; it was she who persuaded Hill to transform his mansion into a museum of art and her influence on the museum is evident even today. Through her close connections with well known artists in France, Fuller helped Hill obtain an impressive collection, including the more than 80 works by French sculptor Auguste Rodin that are housed at Maryhill Museum of Art.


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