Albion's Dance: British Ballet during the Second World War by Karen Eliot

By Karen Eliot

while the second one international conflict broke out, ballet in Britain used to be just a couple of a long time outdated. Few had imagined that it can determine roots in a country lengthy considered unresponsive to bounce. however, the conflict proved to be a boon for ballet dancers, choreographers and audiences, for the nation's dancers have been pressured to appear inward to their very own identification and resources of creativity. As writer Karen Eliot demonstrates during this attention-grabbing ebook, rather than withering throughout the enforced isolation of struggle, ballet in Britain flourished, displaying a stunning heterogeneity and colourful populism that moved ballet outdoors its ordinary elitist atmosphere to be noticeable through uninitiated, frequently enthusiastic audiences. Ballet used to be proposal to assist develop viewers morale, to render solace to the soul-weary and to have enough money leisure and diversion to those that easily craved a number of hours of distraction. executive professionals got here to determine that ballet might function a device of propaganda; the methods it functioned in the higher public discourse of propaganda and sacrifice, and the way it responded a public temper of pragmatism and idealism, also are subject matters during this tale of the improvement of a countrywide ballet id. This narrative has numerous key players-- dance critics, female and male dancers, manufacturers, audiences, and choreographers. Exploring the so-called "ballet increase" in the course of WWII, the bigger tale of this booklet is one among how paintings and artists thrive in the course of clash, and the way they reply pragmatically and creatively to privation and duress.

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