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

En dilettante, photo amateur

Anonyme, ca. 1910. Coll. Michel F. David, fondateur des éditions Sur la Banquise
En dilettante. Histoire et petites histoires de la photographie amateur au Musée de la photo de Charleroi
En dilettante. Histoire et petites histoires de la photographie amateur, au Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi | src Lien site RTBF

Group photos (back to camera)

De dos. Des photos anciennes anonymes chinées | Old anonymous vintage photos. Vernacular photography, ca. 1890-1950 (mostly). Coll. Michel F. David. | src éditions Sur la Banquise
De dos. Des photos anciennes anonymes chinées | Old anonymous vintage photos. Vernacular photography, ca. 1890-1950 (mostly). Coll. Michel F. David. | src éditions Sur la Banquise
De dos. Des photos anciennes anonymes chinées | Old anonymous vintage photos. Coll. Michel F. David. | src éditions Sur la Banquise
Group of people on a porch, sitting on railings, undated. | src eBay
Group of people on a porch, sitting on railings, undated. | src eBay (broken link)
Musée de la photographie de Charleroi: expo En dilettante, les petites histoires de la photo amateur / Ode aux photographes du dimanche

People amongst rock pools

French coastal scene depicting a man and three women amongst rock pools near the sea, 1895. (Photo by Universal History Archive / Universal Images Group) | src Getty Images
French coastal scene depicting a man and three women amongst rock pools near the sea, 1895. (Photo by Universal History Archive / Universal Images Group) | src Getty Images
French coastal scene depicting two women amongst rock pools near the sea, 1895. (Photo by Universal History Archive / Universal Images Group) | src Getty Images
French coastal scene depicting two women [and a dog] amongst rock pools near the sea, 1895. (Photo by Universal History Archive / Universal Images Group) | src Getty Images

Amateur dancers, 1920s

Just magic. Off studio postcard (1920s) | src unexpectedtales on Flickr
Just magic. Off studio postcard (1920s) | src unexpectedtales on Flickr
Serious Charleston dancing, 1920s (London studio stamp) | src unexpectedtales on Flickr
Serious Charleston dancing, 1920s (studio stamp: Anglo French Photo Co., 46 New Kent Road, London) | src unexpectedtales on Flickr
Egyptian in the studio, unknown date. | src unexpectedtales on Flickr
An Egyptian in the studio, unknown date. | src unexpectedtales on Flickr

The Breathing Dance, 1928

Ágnes Kalmár Kövesházi in The Breathing Dance [Lélegzőtáncban] (costume: Elsa Kalmár Kövesházi), Cikk-Cakk evenings, 1928, MTA BTK Institute of Art History | src Artmagazin

Breathing exercises played an important role in the Hungarian dance school. Air and breathing exercises also played a big role in Agnes Kövesházi’s life. Since she had lung disease, the regular practice healed the dancer’s body and soul. It is likely that this disease was also the inspiration for her choreography Breathing Dance [Lélegzőtáncban].

Around 1928, Elsa Kalmár Kövesházi made a plaster sculpture entitled “Breathing Dance” (image below). The sculpture was inspired by Ágnes Kövesházi, the sculptor’s daughter. In the 1920s, Agnes was the leading dancer of Alice Madzar’s artists movement and co-creator Ödön Palasofszky’s Quintessential Theatre. Her own dance composition, which ran under the same name, was the inspiration for her mother’s work. The photograph of Ágnes Kövesházi, in a position corresponding to the sculpture work of “Breathing Dance”, was also left for posterity. Her dress is the same fan-like as the sculpture. The costume was also made by Elsa Kalmár Kövesházi.

According to the idea of ​​Elza Kalmár Kövesházi, a costume should start from the character of the movement, amplifying its characteristics: her richly pleated costume, which visually emphasizes the movement of the body, conveys every breath of the dancer. She immortalized her daughter’s solo piece together with other choreographies of the Hungarian Artists Group (Csitsibua, Bilincsek) in sculpture, creating exceptionally beautiful art deco sculptures.

Elsa Kalmár Kövesházi :: Breathing Dance, 1928 (Ágnes Kalmár Kövesházi, gypsum, 28.3 cm, Hungarian National Gallery) | src Óbudai Antiksz
Elsa Kalmár Kövesházi :: Lélegzőtánc | Breathing Dance, 1928 (Ágnes Kalmár Kövesházi, plaster, 28.3 cm, Hungarian National Gallery) | src Óbudai Antiksz