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

Those Fancy Liquors/ And Sky-High Kickers’: Skirt Dancing, Cancan andthe Invention of ‘Gay Paree’ 1867-1914, DrJonathan Conlin, University of Southampton

This talk will consider how an unlikely cross-Channel coalition ofskirt-dancers, purity campaigners, magistrates, music hall singers and visualartists conspired together in the years between 1867 and the Great War tocreate that "invisible city" we know as "Gay Paree": a citylocated largely in the imagination. It challenges the familiar account ofcancan's emergence, itself founded on a tendency to see Paris and London aspolar opposites. The construction of Gay Paree played up to these stereotypeseven as it covertly challenged them, turning them into a lucrative brand forimpresarios on both sides of the Channel to exploit mercilessly.

Lecture held held in Room2/07, Park Building, University of Portsmouth, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ, £1 to attend, all welcome, students: free . For further information please contact: portsmouthhistorybranch@gmail.com.
12 Oct 2021 at 7:00pm
until 13 Oct 2020 at 8:00pm

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