Not currently on display at the V&A

Dance Property

mid 20th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Natural Movement was established by Madge Atkinson (1885-1970), initially in Manchester in the early years of the 20th century. Madge was a barefoot dancer who drew inspiration from movement in nature (water, the breeze, etc) and from the natural movements of the human body. Scarves were used in several productions to enhance and extend movements. Along with her contemporaries Ruby Ginner and Margaret Morris, she pioneered modern dance in Britain.


Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Chiffon
Brief description
Yellow chiffon scarf, used in a Natural Movement production
Physical description
Yellow chiffon scarf with blue and cream-yellow beads at the corners (but missing from one corner). Hand finished on cut side, selvedged on the others.
Dimensions
  • Selvedge side length: 175cm
  • Stitched sides width: 105cm
Credit line
Given by Francine Watson Coleman on behalf of the Natural Movement organisation
Object history
Acquired as a part of the Natural Movement Collection.
Summary
Natural Movement was established by Madge Atkinson (1885-1970), initially in Manchester in the early years of the 20th century. Madge was a barefoot dancer who drew inspiration from movement in nature (water, the breeze, etc) and from the natural movements of the human body. Scarves were used in several productions to enhance and extend movements. Along with her contemporaries Ruby Ginner and Margaret Morris, she pioneered modern dance in Britain.


Collection
Accession number
S.59-2020

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Record createdApril 6, 2021
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