Loïs Hutton and Hélène Vanel met in 1921 at the Margaret Morris School in London’s Chelsea, learning dance from Margaret Morris and painting and sculpture from JD Fergusson.
In 1924 they set up their own school, dance troupe and eventually a theatre in Saint Paul de Vence on the French Riviera.
Their extraordinary story plays out against the background of Paris, London and the Riviera, as the great movements of Modernity, Futurism, Expressionism and Surrealism came to mix with sex and snobbery in the earth-floored basement room of a half-ruined village house that was their theatre.
Who these two dancers were, how they achieved such fame, drawing only on their talent, resourcefulness and courage, and what happened to them, is the subject of this talk, a tale interwoven with two love stories.
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