'Those Fancy Liquors/And Sky-High Kickers': Skirt Dancing, Cancan, and the Invention of "Gay Paree", 1867-1914

Followed by the AGM

Event Type: Branch

Takes Place: 12th May 2020

Time: 7.00pm

Venue: Room 2/07, Park Building, University of Portsmouth, King Henry I Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ

Description: This talk will consider how an unlikely cross-Channel coalition of skirt-dancers, purity campaigners, magistrates, music hall singers, and visual artists conspired together in the years between 1867 and the Great War to create that "invisible city" we know as "Gay Paree": a city located largely in the imagination. It challenges the familiar account of cancan's emergence, itself founded on a tendency to see Paris and London as polar opposites. The construction of Gay Paree played up to these stereotypes even as it covertly challenged them, turning them into a lucrative brand for impresarios on both sides of the Channel to exploit mercilessly.

Price: Free to HA members, branch members, and students. £1.00 for non-members.

Email: portsmouthhistorybranch@gmail.com

Lecturer: Dr Jonathan Conlin, University of Southampton

Region: South-East England

Branch: Portsmouth

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