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A ground-breaking selection of essays that deliver dance into the cultural stories mainstream, exploring the various methods we use bodies as large, very important elements of cultural fact.

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20 They also participated in more fetishizing adventures. As recounted by Margot Fonteyn for the video series “The Magic of Dance,” Marie Taglioni’s fans cooked and ate her pointe shoes following her last performance in St. Petersburg. 21 This is Ivor Guest’s translation from his book The Romantic Ballet in Paris, 21. 22 In her essay, “The Legs of the Countess,” interpreting photos taken of the Countesse de Castiglione, Abigail Solomon-Godeau raises many of the issues discussed here and provides important evidence that corroborates the midnineteenth-century status of women in the arts.

His further entreaties towards Columbine enrage the Moor, and their frantic chase spills out into the street, where, much to the crowd’s dismay, 18 • SUSAN LEIGH FOSTER the Moor kills Petroushka. The wizard, exhausted and irritated, shoves his way through the concerned onlookers to demonstrate that Petroushka is only a puppet, a bag of straw which he yanks from the ground with terrifying authority. Dragging the puppet back to his theater, he closes for the night. But as he begins to exit the stage he suddenly sees the apparition of Petroushka, gesturing menacingly from the rooftop above the theater.

29 One of the most famous travesty performers of the early nineteenth century was Virginie Déjazet (1797–1875) who initiated a range of travesty roles at the Théâtre THE BALLERINA’S PHALLIC POINTE • 25 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 des Varietés. ” She even played Napoléon with a huge army. See Grand-Carteret, XIXe Siècle: classes, mœurs, usages, costumes, inventions. At the Opera Louis Milon’s ballet Les Pages du Duc de Vendôme (1820) featured women including the highly popular Emilie Biggotini as one of the four pages.

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