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Albion's DanceBritish Ballet during the Second World War$
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Karen Eliot

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199347629

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347629.001.0001

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Propaganda, Publicity, and Social Pressure

Propaganda, Publicity, and Social Pressure

Ballet in Discourse and Deed

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(p.83) 4 Propaganda, Publicity, and Social Pressure
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Albion's Dance
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Karen Eliot

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347629.003.0005

This chapter examines the role of propaganda in the dance press and the ways influential critics wielded publicity and social pressure to guarantee ballet’s survival. The last section examines activities undertaken by members of the dance world to effect change or respond to public pressure. The debate in the newspapers over whether male ballet dancers should be granted military exemptions is examined, as is the larger question of ballet as a viable form of propaganda. George Bernard Shaw launched this debate in the Times and responses came in the general press as well as in the dance publications. Among the actions taken to respond to the climate of war were the creation of the Anglo-Polish Ballet, designed to support Polish allies and to entertain British audiences with vivid, colorful Polish folk dances, and the opening of the Arts Theatre, a venue that welcomed audiences across the social spectrum.

Keywords:   propaganda, dance press, military exemptions, George Bernard Shaw, Anglo-Polish Ballet, Arts Theatre

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