Freitag, 31. Juli 2015

Late Night Egyptian Tales

Ep. 1: Anubis

Ep. 2: Bastet

Ep. 3: Thoth

  Ep. 4: Sekhmet

 Ep. 5: Ra

 Ep. 6: Horus

by AND1

Mittwoch, 29. Juli 2015

Vintage Bellydance & Vintage Bellydance Costumes

Blanche Walsh,
Marceau Theater, 1902
“Little Egypt” became the stage name for bellydancers in the early 1900’s. It is unclear whether this picture is of Spyropoulos or Wabe
Massin sisters, Luxor, Egypt--some of the last performing Ghawazee

Belly Dancer, circa 1905
 Spanish belly dancer 'La Bella Otero' (1868-1965)
by Léopold-Émile Reutlinger, 1901
The actress Phyllis Monkman (1892–1976) in 'The Butterflies'
by Foulsham 1910 
1908 Vintage Theatre - Miss Lotta Faust in the Salome Dance in 'The Mimic World' by CharmaineZoe
 Michael Fokin & Vera Fokina, Ballet Russes production of Scheherazade, 1910
Mata Hari (1876-1917)
 Mata Hari (1876-1917)
Tunisia, circa 1900
German dancer and film actress La Jana (1905 - 1940) was the most popular show girl of Berlin in the 1930’s.
Greta Nissen, circa 1920s
Circa 1900 French Dancer in Costume DeBusty by Walery.
Louise Mante in Art Nouveau Costume, circa 1900
Sjemile Fatme, Odalisque to the Sultan, circa 1910
Maud Allan (1873-1956)  In 1906 she premiered her Vision of Salome, based on Oscar Wilde’s play Salome. Especially notorious was her Dance of the Seven Veils.
Mata Hari (7 August 1876-15 October 1917)
Kismet, Marlene Dietrich, 1944
Badia Masabni (1892-1974) was an actress and belly dancer of Lebanese and Syrian origin, best known for opening a series of influential clubs in Cairo from the 1920's onward.
Beautiful Dancer in Art Nouveau Costume circa 1905
French Dancer Margot Dervilliers in Costume Orientale, circa 1905
Dance Of An Almée, Circa 1875
Mata Hari in Paris,1906
Pola Negri - 1920s
Aimé Dupont, Thamara de Svirsky, 1909-1910, carte de visite


Dienstag, 28. Juli 2015

Isadora Duncan

Isadora Duncan

May 26 or 27, 1877 – September 14, 1927

 You were wild once, don't let them tame you. ~ Isadora Duncan

Isadora Duncan: born in 1877 in San Francisco, raised by a single mother. Dropped out of school at age 10. She took ballet but hated it and quit. She created a new kind of dance, and is now known as one of the pioneers of modern dance, inspired by the art and philosophy of Ancient Greece, the music of classical composers, and the natural world. In her adult life, she became a champion for the women's rights movement.
~ Michele Colvin

 “There are likewise three kinds of dancers: first, those who consider dancing as a sort of gymnastic drill, made up of impersonal and graceful arabesques; second, those who, by concentrating their minds, lead the body into the rhythm of a desired emotion, expressing a remembered feeling or experience. And finally, there are those who convert the body into a luminous fluidity, surrendering it to the inspiration of the soul.” ~ Isadora Duncan

Breaking with convention, Duncan imagined she had traced the art of dance back to its roots as a sacred art. She developed within this notion free and natural movements inspired by the classical Greek arts, folk dances, social dances, nature and natural forces as well as an approach to the new American athleticism which included skipping, running, jumping, leaping and tossing.
Duncan’s philosophy of dance moved away from rigid ballet technique and towards what she perceived as natural movement. To restore dance to a high art form instead of entertainment, she sought the connection between emotions and movement: “I spent long days and nights in the studio seeking that dance which might be the divine expression of the human spirit through the medium of the body’s movement.” Duncan took inspiration from ancient Greece and combined it with an American love of freedom. This is exemplified in her revolutionary costume of a white Grecian tunic and bare feet. Inspired by Grecian forms, her tunics also allowed a freedom of movement corseted ballet costumes and pointe shoes did not. Costumes were not the only inspiration Duncan took from Greece. She was very inspired by ancient Greek art and utilized some of those forms in her movement.
Duncan wrote of American dancing: “let them come forth with great strides, leaps and bounds, with lifted forehead and far-spread arms, to dance.” Her focus on natural movement emphasized steps, such as skipping, outside of codified ballet technique. Duncan also cited the sea as an early inspiration for her movement. Also, she believed movement originated from the solar plexus, which she thought was the source of all movement. It is this philosophy and new dance technique that garnered Duncan the title of the creator of modern dance.

"Isadora Duncan at the Portal of the Partheon", Athens, Greece 1927

Isadora Duncan ~ Youtube Playlist:


On the night of September 14, 1927 in Nice, France, Duncan was a passenger in an Amilcar automobile owned by Benoît Falchetto, a French-Italian mechanic. She wore a long, flowing, hand-painted silk scarf, created by the Russian-born artist Roman Chatov, a gift from her friend Mary Desti. Her silk scarf, draped around her neck, became entangled around the open-spoked wheels and rear axle, hurling her from the open car and breaking her neck. Desti said she called out to warn Duncan about the shawl almost immediately after the car left. Desti brought Duncan to the hospital, where she was declared dead.

Samstag, 25. Juli 2015

Blanche Walsh

January 4, 1873 - October 31, 1915


Blanche Walsh,
Marceau Theater, 1902

 Blanche Walsh ~ Star of theater of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, born in New York, USA, wins without doubt one of his greatest triumphs on Broadway in 1903 with "Resurrection" after Tolstoy . In 1912, she was the star of a film adaptation of "Resurrection," in which she reprises her role of Katusha , peasant girl seduced and abandoned by a prince. In 1915, she died prematurely as a result of an operation.

Samstag, 18. Juli 2015

Oriental Dance & Fine Art

'Les danseuses'
Jules (Pierre) van Biesbroeck (Belgian , 1873-1965)

'Danse sous la tente au désert'
Jules (Pierre) van Biesbroeck (Belgian , 1873-1965)

 'Oriental Dancer'
Edouard Frederic Wilhelm Richter (German Painter , 1844-1913)

 'Tambourine Dancer'
Otto Pilny (Swiss Painter,1866-1936)

'The desert dance'
Otto Pilny (Swiss Painter,1866-1936)

Otto Pilny (Swiss Painter,1866-1936)

'Spectacle dans le désert'
Otto Pilny (Swiss Painter,1866-1936)

Otto Pilny (Swiss Painter,1866-1936)

 'The Musicians'
Giulio Rosati (Italian Painter , 1858-1917)

'The Nautch'
Edwin Lord Weeks (American Painter, 1849-1903)

 'An almée’s admirers'
Leopold Carl Müller (Austrian,1834-1892)

 'The blue veil'
Fabio Fabbi (Italian Painter, 1861-1946)

 'The Dancer'
Fabio Fabbi (Italian Painter, 1861-1946)

 'The Dancer'
Fabio Fabbi (Italian Painter, 1861-1946)

 'The Tambourine Dancer'
Fabio Fabbi (Italian Painter, 1861-1946)

Fabio Fabbi (Italian Painter, 1861-1946)

'The tambourine dance'
Fabio Fabbi (Italian Painter, 1861-1946)

'Oriental Dancers , Cario'
Fabio Fabbi (Italian Painter, 1861-1946)

'The Almeh'
Eugene Alexis Girardet (1853-1907)

'La Danse u Foulard'
Benjamin Jean Joseph Constant

'The Dance of the Almeh'
Jean-Leon Gerome (Fench Painter, 1824 – 1904)

'Sabre Dance in a Cafe'
Jean-Leon Gerome (Fench Painter, 1824 – 1904)

'Dance of Gergoulette'
Alfred Henri Darjou (French, 1832-1874)

 'Dancer Of Delhi'
Robert Henri (American Painter, 1865-1929)

Robert Henri (American Painter, 1865-1929)

 'Salome 2'
Robert Henri (American Painter, 1865-1929)

'Danse nocturne - Night Dance'
Myrto Debard (French, 1900-1983)

'El Duende', Oil on Linen
by Matt Abraxas