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The Loves of Mars and Venus

Georgians Revealed

  The British Library opens a major new exhibition to the public tomorrow, November 8, Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain, providing insight into life in 18th- and 19th-century Britain and displaying never before seen artefacts that shed light on today’s popular culture.

Recreating the first ballet

John Weaver’s The Loves of Mars and Venus, performed in London in 1717, was the first work to tell a story solely through dance, mime and music, with no spoken or sung words. Now widely recognised as the first modern ballet, it has not been recreated in its entirety since its last performance in 1724.

Dancers among the first actresses

This autumn, the National Portrait Gallery will devote an exhibition to 18th-century actress portraits, from Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons. Among the portraits are several dancers, including Hester Santlow (later Booth, pictured) and Giovanna Baccelli.

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