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The Book "Fibre And Fabric: A Record of the American Textile Industries in the United States" Volume 25, Page 77 refers to the Innovator Of Modern Dance, Papinta in a review from The Boston Herald. Papinta's movement on stage, her use of fabrics incorporated in her dance routines along with Special mirrors to offer the gorgeous, graceful dancer a performance as never seen nor experienced to this high level in the history of dance. Papinta's husband, William Holpin, harnessed and utilized electricity to add special lighting effects to Papinta's dance performances which was the first time in history that a dancer was on stage with electrified performances. Papinta began her career as one of the original Vaudeville performers. Papinta was a natural dancer, choreographer and innovator of Modern Dance utilizing hundreds of yards of fabric in her dances where she kept the yards of fabric in motion at the same time which created beautiful shapes resembling flowers, butterflies, angels, birds in flight, patterns of beauty, strength, stamina and endurance. Papinta's extra ordinary muscular physique was the point of study in commissioned artworks, sculptures, films and photographs. A true and rare talent, Papinta gained noted recognition by the top theater and stage writers of the time. Papinta was the highest paid and most proclaimed female dancer in history for over 15 years. Papinta performed in every major city capitol of the World travelling extensively.
BIEF BACKground: Papinta. The Flame Dancer. Caroline Hipple Holpin. Born in Minnesota of a German father, George W. Hipple and a Native American mother known as Alice. Her parents died while they were young, leaving the children in poverty. Caroline, as a young child, traveled with her brother, George W Hipple, II.
George was employed at a hotel in Minneapolis for a few years until he took Papinta on the road with her unique dance routine that revolutionized theater dancing to the modern dance era. Her brother acted as her tour organizer as she traveled with an entire lighting system, orchestras, and costumes that were packed in 28 large shipping containers. Each one of Papinta's costumes involved her suspending 50 yards to 300 yards of high quality silks. Among her daces that she choreographed and performed were:
The Flame Dance.
The Fire Dance
Dream Of Light (Newspaper Review The Republic 8.11.1902)
Study In Red
The Living Picture Dance
Florordora (Newspaper review NY Evening Telegram 11.17.1900)
Papinta’s Skirt Dances (Lewis And Clark Papinta Skirt Dances pub. 1900)
May to Ocotber 30,1893 Chicago Worlds Fair Papinta’s Debut Lewis And Clark Skirt Dances and Panjandrum. Papinta made her debut in modern dance at The Chicago World’s Fair where she was the first "Electrified stage performance" designed by her husband, William Holpin. Papinta was on the Chicago World’s Fair stage of the Trocadero in 1893.
From her debut in Chicago, Papinta went to New York for the Grand opening headline performance to re-open for The Metropolitan Opera House after The Metropolitan Opera House was re-built from a devastating fire on January 10, 1893.(Reference The Metropolitan Opera House History Page-100 year anniversay)
Papinta was one of the original Vaudeville Performers in the late 1800’s.
June 8,1896 First Film in history of a dancer- Papitna was the first female dancer filmed in New York with the Vaudeville Performers by The Vitascope. “Before The Nickelodeon” By Edwin Porter Pages 78, 80,90 refer to the filming of Papinta Vaudeville performer as well as hand coloring the film frames often inaccurately attributed to LF) Reference (“The Edison Manufacturing Company” by Charles Musser. Archived films of Papinta held in the archives of UCLA 1991 The Regents of The University Of California