A Present-Day Morality for the Present Day

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In May 2019 an international cooperative of researchers, performers, and artists staged Vernon Lee’s (Violet Paget, 1856–1935) pacifist drama The Ballet of the Nations: A Present-Day Morality (1915) at her Villa Il Palmerino, Florence. The site-specific performance was adapted from Lee’s text by director Angeliki Papoulia and producer Federica Parretti, with a focus on the text’s resonances with the current resurgence of the nationalist far-right movements and anti-immigrant manifestos. This article considers the genesis of this production, the research informing its adaptation, and the subsequent performance of the piece.
Original languageEnglish
Journal19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2020


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