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

Karen Eliot

Abstract

Albion’s Dance was inspired by the author’s memory of her childhood ballet teacher who danced in Britain during World War Two. Dancers’ memoirs and the writings of dance critics are central resources for this book that asks how ballet in Britain survived during the war and how the end of war resulted in a newly refined national ballet. Exploring the so-called ballet boom during World War Two, the larger story of this book is one of how art and artists thrive during conflict, and how they respond pragmatically and creatively to privation and duress. The way ballet participated in propagandistic ... More

Keywords: wartime British ballet, ballet boom, propaganda, public mood, British ballet identity, British dancers, British choreographers, British dance critics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199347629
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347629.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen Eliot, author
Professor of Dance, Ohio State University