Author Archive for: ‘Mary Simonson’

Dance Pictures: The Cinematic Experiments of Anna Pavlova and Rita Sacchetto

Dance was a popular subject of early cinema. Solo vaudeville and burlesque dancers appeared in early moving picture experiments such as Thomas Edison’s Annabelle Serpentine Dance (1895) and the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company’s Betsy Ross Dance (1903). [1] As film technologies evolved, dance continued to be thematized: for filmmakers, dance served not only as a means to display film’s …

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