Dance images at the King’s Theatre before 1830

This paper takes as its point of departure two images associated with ballet at the King’s Theatre. The first is the curious illustration, much reproduced, which appears to show a dance routine in progress at the King’s Theatre, and just not one routine, but two; a second set of dancers appears to be imitating (or at least reflecting) the movements of the first set. The second is an unremarked illustration apparently of the Green Room at the King’s Theatre, but in fact of the dancers’ preparation room, a room known to exist but not otherwise illustrated. The paper explores the role played by the audience or the onlookers in the situations established through these two images.

Michael Burden
Symposium Title: 
Dance and Image – 2009
Author affiliation: 
New College, University of Oxford