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The Dark History of Ballet

Betwixt The Sheets: The History of Sex, Scandal & Society

26-03-2024 • 55 mins

Whilst ballet is undoubtedly one of the most graceful and elegant art forms, it also has a long and dark history of sexual exploitation.


How did King Louis XIV's love of the ballet fundamentally change it? What was the patronage system and how did dancers use it to their advantage? And who were some of the female pioneers who embraced sexuality within the ballet?


Joining Kate today is Deirdre Kelly, author of Ballerina: Sex, Scandal and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection, to find out more.


This podcast was edited by Tom Delargy and produced by Stuart Beckwith. The senior producer was Charlotte Long.


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