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From: Adniralc@aol.com <Adniralc@aol.com>
Date: Tuesday, August 31, 1999 6:13 PM
Subject: Re: undemanding, unambitious, uninformed and uninspired
><<When Nikolais began his wonderful experiments with light and
>did he have to individually wire and test each bulb? Did he have to
>experiment with polymer chemistry to create the fabric for his costumes?
>Did Loie Fuller have to not only dance, but also develop the film, design
>the projector, and build the screen to project it on?>>
>I can't speak for nikolais, but, yes, in fact, Loie Fuller did develop are
>her own fabric designs and lighting techniques and technologies--she was
>first person to use color in lighting, she designed glow in the dark
>(my friend jody tells a funny-horrifying story about how loie approached
>Marie Curie for radioactive material to make glowing dances with. Marie
>Curie advised against it, by Loie did it anyway), she blew her eyebrows off
>while experimenting once, etc.
>The point of this being that as dancers and performance makers we don't
>to be limited in our abilities, talents, or explorations--we can be
>technologically savvy as well as choreographically keen, tinkerers as well
>twinkletoes. the main limit, as usual, being $$$. But certainly not
>it is a lot more difficult, of course, when you can't actually play with
>physical materials of construction, instead are mostly limited to
>manipulating different forms of information. However, as
>we-who-are-reading-this know, manipulating information digitally or
>is becoming second nature, and it has become its own craft, so that
>stand in our way much longer...
>Clarinda Mac Low
><<it's the KISS principle>>