Stella Bloch

Stella Bloch (* December 18 1897 [1] in Tarnów , Galicia , Austria-Hungary [2] , † January 10th 1999 in Bethel , Connecticut ) was an American journalist , author , artist and dance historian.

Youth and education

Stella Bloch was an American mother, who had emigrated from Galicia to the United States, the daughter, however, was returned on the occasion of the birth of their child in the home. [3] [4] His mother, Charlotte Bloch was a single parent and turned to her sister and her brother, who lived in the United States. The two led the notorious tailoring Heller & Offner in New York, Charlotte Bloch and her daughter lived above the shop in a house that belonged to his sister. Stella Bloch himself later led to her successful career as an artist among other things, the benevolent and stimulating atmosphere in the family back. [5] : 4

As teenagers, Bloch began dance training at Isadora Duncan and belonged to the group Isadorables them also interested in Spanish dance. In addition, she took art classes at the Art Students League of New York . Preferably, they drew dancers and dance scenes. Also, she worked as a journalist .
First marriage and relationship with Asia

1922 married Bloch was 20 years older Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy , curator for Indian and Muslim Art at Museum of Fine Arts in Boston , and it was Coomaraswamys third marriage. Coomaraswamy in 1917 became aware of drawings by Bloch on them. [5] When they met in person, it had developed a love affair that initially tried to prevent the mother Charlotte Bloch. Under the influence of Coomaraswamy and his numerous publications, Stella Bloch turned to Buddhism to. The couple traveled to the Far East , where the Bloch dance on Bali , in Cambodia , China , India , Japan and Java studied. During this time she spent a year in the palace of the Sultan of Solo to learn Javanese dance under the guidance of a dancing master. In drawings, she documented the costumes and dances of different cultures.

After her return from Asia Stella Bloch gave in Boston and New York classes in Javanese dance and lectured about life there, later she opened her own dance studio. She wrote articles for magazines and in turn was portrayed in newspapers and magazines. In 1922 she published the book Dancing and the Drama East and West, in which the drama of the East and the West were compared and some of her drawings contained. It was still several times reprinted, most recently in 2009.

In 1930 she was divorced from Coomaraswamy.
A variety of activities

Pre 1923 Stella Bloch danced in the Ballet Intime, a company which by Adolph Bolm , Michio Ito and Roshanara had been established, an Indian dancer. In addition, she appeared in revues on Broadway on, in the Eastman Theatre in Rochester and the Garrick Gaieties the Guild Theatre in New York. In 1931 she married actor and screenwriter Edward Eliscu . In the 1930s and 1940s, she also wrote screenplays for films themselves.

Also at this time came Bloch Cotton Club and the Alhambra Theatre with the jazz scene of Harlem in contact. They preferably visited clubs that were not normally visited by whites. She was the first white woman, the Harlem Renaissance documented and recorded. Among the artists who portrayed them, were Josephine Baker , Bessie Smith , Dusty Fletcher and Thelonious Monk . From the Cotton Club dancer Elida Webb , she met the authentic version of the Charleston and led him to high praise from fans and press.

Stella Bloch’s drawing work has been shown in many exhibitions, mainly in New York, but in California , where she lived for several years with her ​​husband. Her works are also at exhibitions of African-American artists shown, where she was accepted as the only white artist.

Mid-1960s attracted Stella Bloch and Edward Eliscu to Connecticut and they had two sons. During this time, Bloch wrote a play in four acts about Isadora Duncan titled Sundown over which nothing more was known. Up to the very old age she remained creative.

Eliscu died in 1998, Stella Bloch year later. Her estate is located in the Houghton Library at Harvard . In the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections of the Princeton University are approximately 650 letters of her first husband Coomaraswamy to his wife.

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