The Dance in the Park

1956 in United Kingdom
Lotte Reiniger

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The Dance in the Park by Lotte Reiniger
National Media Museum

Framed and glazed silhouette artwork title The Dance in the Park by Lotte Reiniger, 1956. Signed by artist. The work was created by Reiniger as a birthday present for the object donor.

A silhouette entitled 'The Dance in the Park', made by Lotte Reiniger in 1956.

Lotte Reiniger developed her interest in silhouettes at an early age. She first became involved in films when she made silhouette cut-outs for the intertitles of Paul Wegener’s 1916 film 'Rumpelstiltskin's Wedding'. In 1919, she completed her first animated film, 'The Ornament of the Heart in Love'. Reiniger went on to produce many more animated films, the most famous being 'The Adventures of Prince Achmed' (1926), the oldest surviving animated feature film.

After the Nazi Party came to power in 1933 Reiniger and her husband, the film director Carl Koch (1892-1963), resolved to leave Germany but no country would allow them permanent residence. After spending the final years of the Second World War in Germany, they became British citizens, settling in Barnet, Hertfordshire, where Lotte created a series of fairytale films for American television.

Lotte Reiniger made 'The Dance in the Park' as a 21st birthday gift for her neighbours' daughter who had a keen interest in ballet.

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window: 430 mm x 595 mm
frame: 750 mm x 800 mm
The National Media Museum, Bradford
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