The Dancer in Celebrity in the long 18th century: reputations, images, portraits in association with the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing

New College, Oxford

Link to Symposium Abstracts


The Timetable at a glance

Tuesday 15th  
10:30 Registration, Coffee, The Marble Hall
  I: Keynote address: Haldane Room, Chair: Michael Burden

Shearer West, Humanities Division, University of Oxford

‘Portraiture and the Birth of Celebrity on the Eighteenth-Century Stage’

  II: Audiences and Signifiers - Haldane Room
Chair: Michael Burden

Raf Geenens, University of Leuven

‘“Dance, like morality, is in the eye of the beholder”: Adam Smith on the role of the spectator’


Kristin Flieger Samuelian, George Mason University

‘Signification and the Dancing Body, 1760-1826’

13:00 Lunch - The Buttery
  III: Images, personalities - Haldane Room, Chair: Anne Daye

Keith Cavers, Independent scholar

‘New Finds: Old Friends - New Pictures; digging up Icons of the Dance’


Joanna Jarvis, Birmingham City University

‘Natural beauty or “Paint-painted”? Giovanna Baccelli by Thomas Gainsborough – 1782’


Helena Kazárová, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

‘Unknown portraits of Salvatore Vigano in Bohemian Collections’


Iris Julia Bührle, Sorbonne-Nouvelle Paris / Stuttgart University

‘Capturing the hovering sylph: Marie Taglioni’

16:00 Tea - The Hall
  IV: Hester Santlow - Haldane Room, Chair: Bruce Alan Brown

Moira Goff, Independent scholar

‘“Lovely in her countenance, delicate in her form”: The portraits of Hester Santlow (c.1693-1773)’


Marisa Iglesias, University of South Florida [Cancelled]

‘“Beauteous Wonder of a Different Kind”: Hester Santlow’s Celebrity Status’

  V: Dukes and dance - Haldane Room, Chair: Bruce Alan Brown

 Jennifer Thorp, New College, University of Oxford

‘Celebrity patrons: the Montagu family and dance throughout the eighteenth century’


 Anne Daye, TrinityLaban, London, and Dolmetsch Historical Dance Society

‘Some are born great: the Dukes of York as dance celebrities’

18:30 Reception - The Private Dining Room
19:00 Dinner - The Buttery
Wednesday 16th  
08:30 Coffee and pastries for all delegates - The Hall
  VI: Dancing in European Cities - Haldane Room, Chair: Jennifer Thorp

Uta Dorothea Sauer, Technische Universität Dresden

'The role of Dance in the Political Ballets at the Court of Dresden’


Petra Dotlačilová, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

‘Jean-Georges Noverre and his luxurious “job application” to Warsaw’


Hanna Walsdorf, University of Leipzig

‘“Formeront le Bosquet”: Teenage Future Dance Icons on the Jesuit Stage in Paris’


Mary Collins, Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music

‘“My agreeable acquaintance…Mrs Egerton …will laugh very heartily on recollecting the many happy days, and whimsical adventures which occurred that winter in dear Dublin”’

11:00 Coffee - The Hall
  VII: Sultans and Hornpipes - Haldane Room, Chair: Iris Julia Bührle

Adeline Mueller, New College, University of Oxford

‘A Peep into Mozart and Le Picq’s Serraglio (Milan, 1772): Noverre’s Tragic Reworking of a Comic Ballet’


Olive Baldwin, Thelma Wilson, Essex

‘The celebrated Miss Nancy Dawson and her hornpipe’

12:30 Lunch - The Buttery
  VIII: Circuses, Tumblers, and Hot Air - Haldane Room, Chair: Adeline Mueller

Monica Mattfeld, University of Kent, Canterbury

‘John Astley, the Equestrian Hero: Masculinity, Celebrity and the Equestrian Dancer’


Michael Burden, New College, University of Oxford

‘Tumbling images: Carlo Antonio Delpini at work’


Caitlyn Lehmann, Independent Scholar

‘Airy Delights: Ballet, Balloonmania and Celebrity in Late Eighteenth-Century London’