Frieda and Louis Berkoff

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Dancer Frieda Berkoff during a leap in the air. Underwood & Underwood. 1920s | src catawiki
Dancers Louis and Frieda Berkoff during a leap in the air. Underwood & Underwood. 1920s | src catawiki
Dancers Louis and Frieda Berkoff during a leap in the air. Underwood & Underwood. 1920s | src catawiki

Press Agency / Newspaper Stamp on the reverse reads: S/644A309 By Underwood and Underwood. / Louise and Frieda Berkoff. Here’s action: How many can do this? / For once in his life “Old Man Gravity”, the well known friend of Isaac Newton, came out second best when Louis and Frieda Berkoff prectised these spectacular flying “steps” of a new Russian dance on the lawn of the Carthay Circle, a Los Angeles suburb.
Photo shows: brother and sister “Up in the air”. An exclusive Underwood photograph. Watch your credit line

Acrobats, France, 1900s

acrobats, acrobatic pose
French acrobat Solea and his female assistant demonstrate their prowess at balancing for a portrait in a photographer's studio, France, 1900s
French acrobat Solea and his female assistant demonstrate their prowess at balancing for a portrait in a photographer’s studio, France, 1900s. | src Getty Images

Bending over backwards

bending over backwards, bending back, diver, diving
Ron Bull :: Cindy Shatto dips her head into a downturn in the final of Olympic platform diving. Canada, July 25th, 1976. | src Getty Images
Ron Bull :: Cindy Shatto dips her head into a downturn in the final of Olympic platform diving. Canada, July 25th, 1976. | src Getty Images

Bending over backwards: Cindy Shatto of Toronto dips her head into a downturn last night in the final of Olympic platform diving. Miss Shatto was in second place after three dives; but fell back to fifth at the end; one rank ahead of teammate Teri York of Vancouver. Elena Vaytsekhovskaia of the Soviet Union; who said she took to diving because swimming is dull; was gold medalist. Canada. July 25th, 1976 (Ron Dull for Toronto Star)

Albertina Rasch dancing

Albertina Rasch dancing, 1920s
"Rasch dancing" The Viennese ballerina and choreographer Albertina Rasch, glass negative. George Grantham Bain Collection. Shorpy date it 1915, while in the Library of Congress it's dated between 1920-1925.
“Rasch dancing” • The Viennese ballerina and choreographer Albertina Rasch, glass negative. George Grantham Bain Collection. Shorpy date it 1915, while in the Library of Congress it’s dated between 1920-1925.
The Viennese ballerina and choreographer Albertina Rasch, circa 1920. George Grantham Bain News Service | src Amazon
The Viennese ballerina and choreographer Albertina Rasch, circa 1920. George Grantham Bain News Service | src Amazon
Photograph shows choreographer and dancer Albertina Rasch (1891-1967) dancing, between 1920-25. Glass negative. George Grantham Bain Collection. | src Library of Congress
 Photograph shows choreographer and dancer Albertina Rasch (1891-1967) dancing, between 1920-25. Glass negative. George Grantham Bain Collection. | src Library of Congress

Isa Tribell by Riebicke (ca 1928)

dancer bending backwards 1920s
Gerhard Riebicke :: Isa Tribell. Welche Zukunft hat der Kunsttanz? | What is the future of artistic dance? Scherl's magazine; Band 4, Heft 11, November 1928
Gerhard Riebicke :: Isa Tribell. Welche Zukunft hat der Kunsttanz? | What is the future of artistic dance? Scherl’s magazine; Band 4, Heft 11, November 1928

Dancer bending backwards

Paul Jsenfels :: Dancer, Stuttgart Dance School, 1920s. | src liveauctioneers
Paul Jsenfels :: Dancer, Stuttgart Dance School, 1920s. | src liveauctioneers
Paul Jsenfels :: Dancer, Stuttgart Dance School, 1920s. | src liveauctioneers

Jsenfels’ Getanzte Harmonien

Gelöste Linien • Dissolved Lines „ . . . only the plants can do something similar without being able to change its point of view…” (Rudolf von Laban) „ . . . nur die Pflanze vermag Ähnliches, ohne aher ihren Standpunkt wechseln zu können… “ (Rudolf von Laban) (Aus Isenfels ,,Getanzte Harmonien“, Verlag Dieck & Co., Stuttgart) Uhu August, 1927
Paul Jsenfels :: Dancer, Stuttgart Dance School, 1927. Photoengraving. | src liveauctioneers
Paul Jsenfels :: Dancer (nude, bending backwards), Stuttgart Dance School, 1927. Photoengraving. | src liveauctioneers
Gelöste Linien • Dissolved Lines
„ . . . only the plants can do something similar without being able to change its point of view…” (Rudolf von Laban) 
„ . . . nur die Pflanze vermag Ähnliches, ohne aher ihren Standpunkt wechseln zu können… “ (Rudolf von Laban) 
(Aus Isenfels ,,Getanzte Harmonien“, Verlag Dieck & Co., Stuttgart) Uhu August, 1927
Gelöste Linien • Dissolved Lines
(Aus Isenfels ,,Getanzte Harmonien“, Verlag Dieck & Co., Stuttgart) Uhu August, 1927
Gelöste Linien • Dissolved Lines
„ . . . only the plants can do something similar without being able to change its point of view…” (Rudolf von Laban) 
„ . . . nur die Pflanze vermag Ähnliches, ohne aher ihren Standpunkt wechseln zu können… “ (Rudolf von Laban) 
(Aus Isenfels ,,Getanzte Harmonien“, Verlag Dieck & Co., Stuttgart) Uhu August, 1927
Gelöste Linien • Dissolved Lines
„ . . . only the plants can do something similar without being able to change its point of view…” (Rudolf von Laban)
„ . . . nur die Pflanze vermag Ähnliches, ohne aher ihren Standpunkt wechseln zu können… “ (Rudolf von Laban)
(Aus Isenfels ,,Getanzte Harmonien“, Verlag Dieck & Co., Stuttgart) Uhu August, 1927

Psychiatrie-Patientin, 1890

Eine junge Psychiatrie-Patientin in einem ekstatischen Zustand, aufgenommen am 2. Januar 1890 in einer französischen Klinik. | Young woman in an ecstatic condition, France, ca. 1890. Image © adoc-photos Corbis via Spiegel
Eine junge Psychiatrie-Patientin in einem ekstatischen Zustand, aufgenommen am 2. Januar 1890 in einer französischen Klinik. | Young woman in an ecstatic condition, France, ca. 1890. Image © adoc-photos Corbis via Spiegel
Eine junge Psychiatrie-Patientin in einem ekstatischen Zustand, aufgenommen am 2. Januar 1890 in einer französischen Klinik. | Young woman in an ecstatic condition, France, ca. 1890. Image © adoc-photos Corbis via Spiegel Geschichte
Young woman in an ecstatic condition (France); ca. 1890. Image © adoc-photos Corbis via Getty Images
Young woman in an ecstatic condition (France); ca. 1890. Image © adoc-photos Corbis via Getty Images
A young psychiatric patient in an ecstatic state, photographed on January 2, 1890 in a French clinic. | Spiegel Geschichte
A young psychiatric patient in an ecstatic state, photographed on January 2, 1890 in a French clinic. | Spiegel Geschichte

Hypnotized: Some psychologists diagnosed at the end of the 19th century that specially women were at particular risk of infection from the “Wagner virus” because of their weaker nerves. His music can trigger hysteria or “inappropriate sexual arousal”. Quoted from article

Ballet dancer Serge Oukrainsky

James Wallace Pondelicek :: "Serge Oukrainsky in Algerian Dance (Grieg). The only barefoot toe dancer and greatest Oriental dancer of the Chicago Opera and head of the Pavley-Oukrainsky Ballet" (title devised from caption on photograph's verso). | Worthpoint
James Wallace Pondelicek :: "Serge Oukrainsky in Algerian Dance (Grieg). The only barefoot toe dancer and greatest Oriental dancer of the Chicago Opera and head of the Pavley-Oukrainsky Ballet" (title devised from caption on photograph's verso). | Worthpoint
James Wallace Pondelicek :: “Serge Oukrainsky in Algerian Dance (Grieg). The only barefoot toe dancer and greatest Oriental dancer of the Chicago Opera and head of the Pavley-Oukrainsky Ballet” (title devised from caption on photograph’s verso). | Worthpoint

Dance performance in 1924

A scene from a dance performance: Annsi Bergh, Mary Hougberg and Marianne Pontan in 1924. | Finnish Heritage Agency · Museovirasto
Kohtaus Annsi Berghin, Mary Hougbergin ja Marianne Pontanin tanssiesityksestä vuonna 1924. JOKA Journalistinen kuva-arkisto Otava @ Finnish Heritage Agency
Kohtaus Annsi Berghin, Mary Hougbergin ja Marianne Pontanin tanssiesityksestä vuonna 1924. JOKA Journalistinen kuva-arkisto Otava @ Museovirasto
A scene from a dance performance: Annsi Bergh, Mary Hougberg and Marianne Pontan in 1924. JOKA [Journalistic photo archive Otava] | Finnish Heritage Agency · Museovirasto