Loie Fuller Vs. Mary Wigman

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Loie Fuller and Mary Wigman were two of the most prominent modern dancers of their time. They both had their own definitions and theories of modern dance, but in the end their love and passion for their craft left the world of dance forever changed. Being “in the moment” is a phrase commonly used by all areas of the arts. It is also one of the ideals where Fuller and Wigman shared a common belief. In Fuller’s definition of modern dance she said that she allowed herself to get caught up in the emotion until her body feels as though “… life is suspended or even leaves the body altogether.” Wigman was often said to seem possessed during her performances. The grotesque motions that had captured the public eye and created her fame spawned from letting the energy of the sensation take over her body to create deeply existential experiences for both the audience and the dancer. Fuller started out as an actress in Vaudeville plays. Her background in theater greatly influenced the style of modern dance she was known for. She spoke of ignoring the conventional style of dance and to act on instinct alone. Instinct originates in the mind, which seemed to be a popular topic with Fuller. She said the mind translates emotion into bodily expression. She thought that the body responded to the mind and therefore used the mind as a medium between the sensation and the movement. The mind is a very personal entity that is not often shared with others. In her definition of modern dance Fuller only refers to herself, not once to “the dancer”. I think that by the somewhat selfish way it was worded we see that Fuller danced solely for herself. She lived for performing and by dancing she could express herself much more than with acting. Wigman believed dance to be the universal language of expression, something that every human could understand and experience. Like all art, she believed

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