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MEMOIRES ET THESES

Women who fly : aerialists in modernity (1880-1930)

Gils, Bieke
Vancouver : University of British Columbia, 2013

Around 1900, Charmion (alias Laverie Vallée) introduced a provocative ‘trapeze disrobing act,’ combined with feats of strength to her audiences in vaudeville theaters in New York. She was one of a wave of female aerialists whose performances quite literally ‘flew’ in the face of Victorian values. Trapeze artists in circuses and in vaudeville theaters, as well as stunt flying aviators showcasing their courage and abilities during local fairs or ...


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ARTICLES DE PERIODIQUES

Flying, flirting, and flexing : Charmion’s trapeze act, sexuality, and physical culture at the turn of the twentieth century

Gils, Bieke
Journal of Sport History vol.41 n°2, p. 251-268, june 2014


On December 25, 1897, Laverie Vallée, better known by her stage name Charmion, made her debut in Koster and Bial’s Vaudeville Theater in New York City with a provocative undressing act on the trapeze and demonstrations of her upper-body muscularity. Though part of a wave of female aerialists at the turn of the twentieth century whose performances quite literally ‘flew’ in the face of Victorian values, Charmion was one of the first to take ...

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