Serpentine Dance: A Restoration and Visualization of the Technique and Choreography of the Body

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. “Two images of Loie Fuller dancing in a white costume.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1895.

Student Name:
Kennedy Thomas

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Statement:  Throughout my project I continued to ask myself what could I achieve with technology that I couldn’t accomplish through conventional research methods. Thus, I went about my project from a creative lens, hoping to gain a better understanding of Loïe Fuller and how she fits into the modern dance canon through traditional and archival research as well as through my own choreographic analysis. Being able to juxtapose and superimpose images and videos in real time enabled me to deepen my understanding about how I was understanding and interpreting what I saw on screen. Not only was I making an oral, written argument, but I had to continually think about how my visual evidence shaped narratives and formed arguments in their own right. This added dimension ultimately enabled me the ability to delve into my material with a critical lens that would not be possible using traditional research methods.