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Over Lotusland from ouida biddle on Vimeo.

 

Lotusland, an expansive estate nestled in the arcadian hills of Santa Barbara, is an early iteration of contemporary pop spirituality: a yoga retreat for a celebrity of the Gilded Age. It was created over a period of four decades by Madame Ganna Walska, a former opera singer and a child of upper crust Polish society. In some ways Lotusland was conceived as a survivalist utopia of a vastly wealthy and theatrical woman who not only had a lifelong interest in esoteric spirituality but who had also endured the first world war and the Russian Revolution. OVER LOTUSLAND was commissioned for PIN-UP Magazine’s Garden Issue.
We screened it at the Museum of Art and Design for the SEEDING Conference in March 2016.
PHOTOGRAPHY: ERIC FOOTE
DANCERS: JACQUELINE KIYOMI GORDON & GRAHAM KOLBEINS
EDITED BY: KERRY MACLAUGHLIN
SOUND: JACQUELINE GORDON & JONNY MANDABACH