It has been a little while since my last blog posts. I’ve been busy with a project to celebrate the 300th anniversary of John Weaver’s The Loves of Mars and Venus, the first modern ballet, originally performed at London’s Drury Lane Theatre on 2 March 1717. The Weaver Dance Company was formed to create an entertainment that would tell the story of Weaver and his ballet, interwoven with excerpts recreated using his scenario published in 1717 – the only evidence to survive. So far, there have been three highly successful performances of The Loves of Mars and Venus; or, Mr. Weaver’s Dramatick Entertainment and there are more to come.
For more information about this project go to The Weaver Dance Company website:
I will be writing more about John Weaver’s ‘Dramatic Entertainment of Dancing’ as well as other facets of dancing from the late 17th to the early 19th centuries in the weeks and months to come.