Female Performance Practice on the fin-de-siècle popular stages of London and Paris

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Abstract

This study focuses on seven women who used the fin-de-siècle’s popular stage as a space to develop their experimental performance practices: acts that won them international fame and critical acclaim. The diverse entertainment careers of Maud Allan (1873-1956), Jane Avril (1868-1943), Loïe Fuller (1868-1926), Sylvia Grey (1866-1958), Yvette Guilbert (1867-1944), Letty Lind (1862-1923) and Cissie (Cecilia) Loftus (1876-1943) encompassed song, dance, impersonation, and acting. In accounts, reviews, autobiographical writings, interviews, and other cultural products associated with them it is clear that individual female celebrities understood their work as creative, professional, and original performance practice. The absence of their creative work from studies of performance history reveals much about hierarchical approaches to cultural environments, gender, and physical non-scripted performances that demands to be interrogated.
Translated title of the contributionFemale Performance Practice on the fin-de-siècle popular stages of London and Paris
Original languageEnglish
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages224
ISBN (Print)0719074851
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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