Rethinking the Travesty Dancer: Questions of Reading and Representation in the Paris Opera

@article{Kennedy2017RethinkingTT,
  title={Rethinking the Travesty Dancer: Questions of Reading and Representation in the Paris Opera},
  author={Fenella Kennedy},
  journal={Dance Chronicle},
  year={2017},
  volume={40},
  pages={192 - 210}
}
ABSTRACT Dressed in tight trousers, women playing sailors, soldiers, and pageboys form a static tableau on the nineteenth-century Parisian ballet stage. But these supernumeraries did not represent the full scope of travesty dancing. In this essay, I question prior scholarly readings of the travesty dancer as merely sexually titillating. I introduce the notion of the status-producing travesty role, noting that virtuosic female performers sought out substantial travesty roles in order to showcase… 
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